|Event date (UTC)||Tue, 18 Aug 2020 13:05:30 +0000|
|Last update (UTC)||Fri, 21 Aug 2020 02:51:11 +0000|
|Administration area||State of Andhra Pradesh|
|Exact location||Godavari River region|
|Open Location Code:||7M84W422+M7|
|Size of affected area||County-level|
|Additional events||None or not detected.|
Godavari flood fury continued unabated on Tuesday morning, as flood discharge levels at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage on Godavari River at Dowleswaram reached 22.9 lakh cusec at 8.00 am from 21.89 lakh cusecs at 6 am. However, the flood discharge rate started decreasing thereafter, and by 11.00 am flood discharge levels were 22.4 lakh cusecs. The third warning signal at the barrage continues to be in force. With flood-levels gradually decreasing at Bhadrachalam, upstream of Dowleswaram Barrage, the inflows at the barrage are also expected to reduce gradually. Meanwhile, people along the towns and villages of the river continue to suffer. Several villages in Devipatnam and other mandals in the agency area of East Godavari, Polavaram in West Godavari district are cut off from as roads connecting these places are inundated in floodwater. At several places, the power supply has been cut off and is expected to be restored when the flood recedes. At some places, hand pumps were found gushing water without being operated. Standing crops in various places are submerged and the extent of the loss would only be known once officials complete enumeration after the flood recedes. District administrations of both the districts have shifted people from flood-affected areas to safer places and closely monitoring the situation. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the situation with officials and asked them to ensure timely relief measures. He asked them to adopt a humane approach. He will conduct an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in both East and West Godavari districts. Meanwhile, heavy inflows continued at Prakasam Barrage on Krishna River and increasing flood-levels at Tungabhadra Dam, people downstream of the project along the river in Kurnool district are now in a grip of fear. Officials, who took stock of the situation, alerted people not to venture near the river for any purpose. Authorities are on standby to evacuate people from low lying areas in case flood-levels increase further.
Water began receding in the Godavari and people in shelters began returning home on Thursday. However, flood levels have started increasing once again due to heavy rainfall in the catchment area of river Godavari. A second warning has been issued at Bhadrachalam once again and a third warning is expected by late night Thursday. Around 14 lakh cusecs water is being discharged into the sea from Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage and a second warning is in force. People of 200 villages in East and West Godavari districts have been facing the fury of the flood over the last few days. Hundreds of villages are still in the dark as power has been cut. Over 15,000 families living under Chinturu ITDA are confined to shelter homes and hundreds of trucks are stranded on the highway. Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams that have arrived here have been asked to stay on for a few more days. People living in 33 habitations of Devipatnam Mandal are staying on hillocks as 20 villages are submerged and there is no electricity for the last one week. Praveen Aditya, project in-charge officer of Rampa Chodavaram ITDA has imposed Section 144. The situation in Konaseema’s island villages continues to be grim as people are complaining of a lack of drinking water. In West Godavari district, health minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas and district minister in-charge Perni Nani visited flood-affected villages of Velurupadu Mandal. They went to the remote village of Rudramakota and inspected facilities provided to flood victims. Speaking on the occasion, the health minister said that 40,000 people living in 102 villages have been affected by the floods.
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