The deep depression over the northwest Bay of Bengal off north Odisha has resulted in heavy rains across the north coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjacent districts of Telangana. Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh is the most affected. More than 70,000 people living in the rural belt of the river Godavari are facing a flood-like situation. Presently, the administration has shifted 17,632 people to various relief camps in the state. Preliminary reports estimate that residents have suffered a damaged of about Rs 5 crore.
The heavy floods battered at least six mandals in East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. The state’s disaster management team has been pressed into service to provide relief material and to evacuate residents from vulnerable sites. The Goshpada Kshetram on the banks of the Godavari at Kovvuru was inundated, while the Amravati temple was forced to close down. Electricity was cut off in several districts in the northern coastal belt of AP.
The state government has directed the collectors of the respective district to ensure that residents are evacuated and shifted to temporary relief camps that have been set up. Officials recorded an outflow of 48,750 cusecs of floodwater in Nagavli at Thotapalli while 64,294 cusecs of floodwater was recorded in Vamsadhara at Gotta barrage.
The National Centre for ocean Information services has predicted high waves in the range of 3.5 mts to 4.5 meters along the coast of Andhra Pradesh from Durgarajupatnam to Baruva from August 7 to August 8 between 15:00 hours to 23:30 hours. The surface current speeds will vary between 217 to 280 cm/sec. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the northwest Bay of Bengal and off Odisha and West Bengal coasts for the next 24 hrs.
The forecast for the next 24 hours is light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places over north Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, over Chhattisgarh during the subsequent 24 hours and over Vidarbha in the next 48 hours.