East Godavari: With no let-up in the floodwater level in the river Godavari following the heavy rains , 10 villages in district were inundated. While over 60 villages and 20 tribal hamlets in West Godavari district have been cut off following rains on Saturday.
The heavy rainfall is a result of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal and active southwest monsoon.
The situation is likely to worsen as heavy inflows in River Godavari have been reporting due to non-stop showers received in the catchment areas.
The flood like situation have given sleepless nights to the people residing in those area. The flood water has entered the spillway of Polavaram project, hampering construction work.
With the river Godavari continues to remain in spate in Andhra Pradesh, the first warning signal was raised on Saturday at Dowaleswaram near Rajamahendravaram as it received an inflow of 11.42 lakh cusecs.
As much water was being discharged into the Bay of Bengal as the Dowaleswaram barrage was filled to the brim (2.93 tmc ft) by Saturday afternoon.
Andhra Pradesh Disaster Management Commissioner K Kanna Babu said that they have alerted the authorities concerned to take all precautionary measures along the river course in view of the flood flow. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force ( NDRF) have also been positioned at Rajamahendravaram to attend to any eventuality, he added.
The Devipatnam mandal in East Godavari district remained cut off due to the flood in Godavari. The downstream in West Godavari district, the river has been flowing over the Kotturu causeway, disrupting road communication to the island villages.