Vijayawada, Aug 1 : The river Godavari continued to be in spate on Thursday and the Srisailam reservoir across the river Krishna is receiving heavy inflows.Following heavy inflows into the river Godavari, about 22 villages are facing inundation threat. West Godavari district Collector R Mutyala Raju said that the inflow into the river Godavari at Polavaram project is 7.50 lakh cusecs. Deputy Chief Ministers Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, Minister T Vanita and Mr Raju were monitoring the flood situation and evacuating villagers from the low-lying areas.The Collector said that 19 villages in the Polavaram Mandal and 3 villages in the Velerupadu mandal were facing inundation threat.
Mr Raju made it clear that the Polavaram project, being constructed across the river Godavari, would be safe even if the flood water is increased to 12 lakh cusecs.
Meanwhile, the Sraisalam project, across the river Krishna, is also receiving heavy inflows following release of water from the Almatti and Narayanpur projects in Karnataka and Jurala project in Telangana state. The Srisailam project, at present, is receiving 1.77 lakh cusecs of water. The full capacity of the Srisailam reservoir is 215.81 TMC and the 36.19 TMC water is impounded in the project now.
The AP Weather Foresting Centre in a release today said that the Bay of Bengal would be in a rough state from August 4 to 7 under the influence of a soutwest monsoon which would cause moderate to heavy rainfall in coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh from August 3.The Centre forested that gusty winds up to a speed of 50-70 kmph were likely, with tides reaching a height of 2.5 to 4 meters over North coastal AP. The impact could be felt in at least 35 mandals in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts.UNI