Godavari continues to be in spate, several villages face inundation threat
Andhra Pradesh

Godavari continues to be in spate, several villages face inundation threat

Agency News

Eluru, July 30: Flood level in the river Godavari is gradually on rise in the Polavaram agency mandal of West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh for the consecutive second day Tuesday. As a result of flood to River Godavari, 19 tribal villages in Polavaram mandal were cut off from the outer world.The River Godavari water was on rising following the incessant rains in the catchment area and the floods to Pranahita, Indravati, Sabari and Sileru, the tributaries of the River Godavari.Following the heavy inflow to River Godavari, the Water level at Polavaram village was recorded at 9.74 meters on Tuesday, according to Central Water Commission (CWC) officials.

The causeway at Kothuru village in Polavaram mandal was inundated in 10 feet water, cutting the 19 tribal villages of Tekuru, Sivagiri, Vadapalli and other villages in the agency tract to the outer world. The Water Resources Department (WRD) and revenue and police officials reached the Kothuru Causeway and monitored the situation. They arranged a ferry at the causeway for the purpose of the tribals to cross it. The Dowleswaram Head Water Works Executive Engineer Krishna Murthy said that at present 3.09 Lakh cusecs of floodwater releasing from Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage across River Godavari at Dowleswaram by lifting all the 175 gates.

The WRD officials are expecting 6.07 lakh cusecs of floodwater by Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, the tribal people in the submergence area of the Polavaram project, are now fearing that if the flood level rises further, their villages might inundate in flood water and there were no safe places to them. The Revenue officials earlier announced that they will evacuate the flood victim villagers to safer places. however, no action was initiated by the officials.

The Polavaram project Executive Engineer Srinivasa Rao told media that at present 4.20 lakh cusecs of floodwater flowing in the river and in view of the heavy flood and surplus water to River Godavari, the cross band constructed at the Spillway of the Project is being removed. If the flood water continues to rise, they would release the water through spillway gates, he added.UNI