Vijayawada: The officials of the water resources department released 7,975 cusecs of water from Prakasam barrage till Sunday 1 pm. With the inflow of water into Prakasam barrage increasing, the irrigation department has started to divert water through its main canal. The barrage lifted its four gates and released the water downstream.
According to the officials, around 12,800 cusecs of water from Pattiseema and Kesari reached the barrage on Sunday afternoon. Pattiseema pumps have already been stopped. The officials diverted around 14,000 cusecs of water through the eastern main canal and through the western main canal. They will gradually increase the discharge capacity.
The officials expect the inflow of water will increase on Sunday evening. However, they said the flow of water is under control now. During peak monsoon, officials expect the water-level to rise further.
On Saturday, district collector A. Md. Imtiaz asked the officials to be vigilant and take precautions to avoid loss of property due to heavy inflow of water. The District Magistrate said around 6,000-7,000 cusecs of water has been released downstream.