Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department, on 13 October, issued a ‘red warning’ for five districts of Andhra Pradesh – East Godavari, West Godavari, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagram, and Yanam – due to a deep depression over west-central Bay of Bengal.
The IMD predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall and thunderstorm accompanied by lightning in these district. It also observed a deep depression close to Kakinada with a maximum sustained wind speed of 55-65 kmph to 75 kmph.
Meanwhile, Thallarevu mandal in East Godavari district reported the highest rainfall of 243mm followed by Rayavaram mandal (228 mm) and Ramachandrapuram mandal (207 mm) in East Godavari district.
According to the Andhra Pradesh Development Planning Society, the state received 819 mm rainfall as against the normal of 651.8 mm as on 13 October with a deviation of 25.7 per cent excess rainfall.
Out of 670 mandals, 439 mandals received excess rainfall, while 189 mandals received normal rainfall and 42 mandals received deficit rainfall.
Forty villages in Visakhapatnam district have been affected by the rain and 900 families have been evacuated so far in the district. Three NDRF teams are positioned at the disposal of the district collector.
In East Godavari, 11 villages have been affected by the rain and 90 families have been evacuated from the inundated area. One NDRF team and one SDRF team are positioned at the disposal of the district collector.
The state government has instructed all district collectors to operate control rooms 24×7 in their respective district collectorates and maintain adequate stocks of medicines as per standard emergency medical protocol for the treatment of diseases likely to spread during heavy rains/flood situations in all PHCs, CHC, and area and district hospitals. They have also been asked to store drinking water packets in sufficient numbers in case of an emergency.
The APDPS has informed that all major reservoirs in the state are full. The Prakasam barrage major is 100 per cent full while Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage is 99.35 per cent full.