Amaravati: For the first time in 100 years, Godavari is in spate in July. The river reached 10 lakh cusecs in July, which is a month earlier than usual. "In the last 100 years, Godavari has never got floods earlier than usual. Generally, Godavari reaches 10 lakh cusecs in August, but this time it is in July", said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In wake of inclement weather conditions, CM directed the officials to be vigilant and monitor the situation from time to time. Due to heavy rains in Maharashtra, almost 10 lakh cusecs of water have been released into the sea through Dhavaleswaram Barrage. Jagan directed all the district officials to be on alert as there are indications of an increase in flood levels up to 16 lakh cusecs.
The state government has released Rs 2 crore each to Alluri Sitarama Raju, East Godavari, Eluru, and Ambedkar Konaseema districts to meet exigencies. The government has asked officials to send time-to-time reports on the situation. Jagan stressed making sure that there would be no loss of life under any circumstances.
NDRF/SDRF teams on standby
Given the situation, SDRF and NDRF teams have been put on standby. District collectors were told to set up control rooms and relief camps for people affected by floods. The government announced Rs 1000 cash assistance to individual victims and Rs 2000 to families who will be shifted to the relief centers. Jagan directed the collectors to ensure that medicines are available at PHCs, Area Hospitals, and District Hospitals. He also asked officers to arrange generators to meet emergencies. He asked officials to restore power, plug breaches, and supply drinking water to all affected areas.