RAJAHMUNDRY: Nearly 700 flood-hit people in East Godavari district have been shifted to relief camps even as water level in Godavari river was receding gradually at Dowleswaram barrage.
Collector Neetu Prasad said, "696 flood-affected people have been shifted to four relief camps in the district. They are being provided with drinking water, food and other essential commodities."
Sixty-four country boats, 14 mechanised boats and two launches were pressed into service to shift the people from villages under Devipatnam, Ainavalli, P Gannavaram, Kothapeta, Mummudivaram, Skhinetipalli, Ravulapalem, Allavaram and Mammidikudur mandals to relief camps, she said.
Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa visited Appanapalli village in Mamidikuduru mandal and supervised the flood relief works, Prasad said.
He also met the family members of a resident of Yenugupalli village who drowned in flood waters yesterday.
Meanwhile, river Godavari's water level at Dowleswaram barrage was 14.40 feet at 7 pm as against 15.60 feet at 7 am today, Superintendent Engineer (Irrigation Circle) S Suguna Rao said.
"The water level had been gradually decreasing at Dowleswaram barrage since morning. It may fall further by tomorrow," he said.
"The irrigation officials are monitoring the water level continuously," Rao said, adding 13.86 lakh cusecs of water from the barrage was discharged in the sea today.