Telangana floods: Water discharge at Godavari breaks 32-year record; 10k people evacuated

Central Water Commission officials who are monitoring the situation said they are expecting the water level at Bhadrachalam to cross 70.8 feet due to inflows from districts.

By KANIZA GARARI  Published on  15 July 2022 6:34 AM GMT
Telangana floods: Water discharge at Godavari breaks 32-year record; 10k people evacuated

Water discharge from the tributaries of Godavari river from North Telangana and Maharashtra is set to break the 1990 record of 70.8 feet by evening.

Central Water Commission officials who are monitoring the situation said they are expecting the water level at Bhadrachalam to cross 70.8 feet due to inflows from districts.

Water level records of Godavari river at Bhadrachalam:

1986: 75.6 feet (highest)

1990 – 70.8 feet

2006 – 66.9 feet

The water level in Godavari has risen from 59.1 feet to 68.70 feet at 11 AM

Tributaries of Godavari river in Nirmal, Jagtial, Adilabad, Mancherial, and Nizamabad are overflowing. It is expected that Bhadrachalam river will receive more water today.

Bhadrachalam temple and adjoining areas have been submerged. More than 10,000 people have been evacuated. The roads have been barricaded by the district administration as precautionary measures as people are thronging to witness the swollen river.

The District administration has issued a strict warning not to venture near the Godavari river and the flood-prone areas.

The district collector's office has asked people to co-operate and not indulge in activities that will harm their lives.

Around 28 lakh cusecs of water have been released into the river.

"There was a lot of rain in North Telangana districts on July 13th. There have been heavy inflows in the tributaries of the Godavari at Nirmal, Adilabad, Jagtial, Mancherial, and Nizamabad. Due to this reason, the water inflows are continuing at Bhadrachalam.

There is also heavy rainfall in Maharashtra's Nagpur and Gadchiroli which is feeding into the tributaries of Godavari and flowing into Telangana," said T. Balaji is also known as Telangana weatherman.

The water will be discharged into the sea from Dowleswaram, Kunawvaram, Chinturu, and Rajahmundry. People have been evacuated.

Senior government officials said the situation is under control as heavy rainfall has stopped across the state.

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