Vijayawada, Aug 17 : Heavy floods in the Krishna river have created havoc in Krishna and Guntur districts affecting 87 villages and damaging crops in thousands of acres.
A 12-year-old girl died in the Krishna district when the boat on which the people were being shifted to safer places, capsized at Chevitikallu village in Kanchayacherla mandal. The body of K Tulasi Priya was fished out by the NDRF teams on Saturday.
Irrigation officials said 8.21 lakh cusecs of water was being discharged into the sea at Prakasham barrage here. The heavy inflow to the river Krishna has been continuing for the last three days.
An official statement on Saturday said as many 87 villages in Krishna and Guntur districts were affected by Krishna flood water of which 36 villages were inundated affecting over 45,000 people. Over 11,500 victims were shifted to 56 relief camps in the two districts.
Officials said 3,815 houses were marooned and crops in over 8,000 hectares inundated in the two districts.
Commercial crops in hundreds of acres including plantain, yam, lime, papaya, chilli and maize were inundated in Mopidevi, Thotlavalluru, Kankipadu, Kanchikacharla, Kollipara, Movva and Kolluru mandals. The NDRF teams were deployed in various places in the two districts to take up rescue and relief operations.
The statement said that 41 relief camps were set up in Krishna and 15 camps in Guntur district.
Several residential areas downstream of Prakasham barrage, including Tarakarama Nagar and Gupta Nagar, were inundated in flood water. The students at the SKCV Children’s Trust were shifted to IGM stadium. The road connectivity to several villages in Guntur district was cut off as flood waters overflowed onto roads.
Governor Biswabhushan Harichand conducted an aerial survey in the flood affected areas today in helicopter. Ministers P Anil Kumar Yadav, Kodali Venkateswara Rao and Vellampalli Srinivas visited the flood affected area in Krishna Lanka area including Balaji Nagar, Gita Nagar, Tarakaramanagar and Gupta Nagar today.
The officials explained about the damage caused by the floods and relief operations to the ministers. Mr. Anil Kumar told media that flood victims were shifted to relief camps. The flood water would recede by three days.
Significantly, former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s riverfront residence located at Tadepalli, 1 km away from Prakasham barrage, is also facing flood threat and the deputy Tahasildar Srinivas Reddy issued an “urgent notice” to vacate the house.(UNI)