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.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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