Eluru, July 31 : River Godavari is in spate following heavy inflows into the river from catchment areas on Wednesday and 19 tribal villages completely cut off from the outer world.
The Revenue and police officials could not reach the villages due to heavy floodwaters. The River Godavari has been receiving heavy inflow over the last three days following the incessant rains in the catchment area and flood to the Tributaries Sabari, Sileru, Indravati and Pranahita.
Due to the heavy inflow, 28 meters of water level recorded at upper cofferdam of Polavaram national irrigation project. The flood water level at Kothuru causeway, which is the only way to reach 19 tribal villages above the Polavaram project, recorded at 10 feet. The Velairpadu, Kukunuru mandals which were merged in Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation of the State are also facing the flood threat.
Officials said that flood water entered in Edapally, Balapalli villages in Velairpadu Mandal, Katkuri and other villages. The Godavari river water level at Kukunuru recorded at 39.5 meters. In view of the flood situation, control rooms have been opened in Eluru Collectorate.
According to reports to headquarters, the Godavari flood level recorded at 11.45 meters at Polavaram village in the evening. The Revenue officials said that 15 Deputy Tahsildars, three Village Revenue Officers and other personnel have been deployed for the relief and rescue operations in Polavaram mandal.