Godavari continues to rise, bridge to Bhadrachalam town closed

The famous bridge leading to Bhadrachalam town has been closed by the district officials. Authorities have asked people to stay indoors as the water levels are rising in the Bhadrachalam region.

By KANIZA GARARI  Published on  14 July 2022 2:55 PM GMT
Godavari continues to rise, bridge to Bhadrachalam town closed

Hyderabad: Evacuation of people in the low-lying areas of Bhadrachalam is been carried out as the Godavari flood level reached 62.50 meters. The famous bridge leading to Bhadrachalam town has been closed by the district officials. Authorities have asked people to stay indoors as the water levels are rising in the Bhadrachalam region.

District collector Anudeep Durishetty said people should follow the advice and instructions of the administration and public representatives.

With water levels in the Godavari rising, it is expected that the Bhadrachalam region will reach 63 feet by Friday morning.

Earlier on Thursday morning, the district administration imposed Section 144 from 5 pm onwards as a precautionary measure in view of the floods. Section 144 imposed in Bhadrachalam and Burgampad mandals.

July flooding of Godavari

The flooding of the Godavari river in July comes after a long time. The flooding is mostly noted in August. The river flooded 34 times between 1953 and 2019. According to the water resources department, on 19 August 1953, there were 30,03,100 cusecs of water released into the sea.

Satellite images scanned by the Indian Meteorological Department show that maximum flooding of the Godavari river is in Perur village according to the hydrograph released by them in the special flood warning. The images show a swelling Godavari river and the inflows are expected to continue for the next two days.

Flood waters everywhere

In the districts of Nirmal, Adilabad, Jagitial, Mancherial, Peddapalli, Bhupalapally, Mulugu, Bhadradri the flood waters have surrounded the farmlands and villages.

Rescue and rehabilitation

Two persons who were caught in the flood waters in Mancherial district were rescued by the helicopters of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Thursday.

Sources from Nirmal said that clogged waters have been cleared out at maximum places. But some of the areas in Kadam, Khanpur, and Bhainsa are still flooded. People have been rehabilitated in some colleges and function halls, say sources.

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