Water level at Dowleswaram recedes, three districts on high alert

Speaking to reporters at Bhimavaram, West Godavari Collector P Prasanti said flood victims were to stay at the relief camps for two more days. 
First flood warning was issued at Gotta Barrage across River Vamsadhara in Srikakulam district on Wednesday. (Photo | Express)
First flood warning was issued at Gotta Barrage across River Vamsadhara in Srikakulam district on Wednesday. (Photo | Express)

RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM: Even as the water level in the River Godavari continued to recede, 4.50 lakh cusecs of water was discharged into the sea from the Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowleswaram near Rajahmundry on Wednesday. 

The drop in discharge in floodwater has come as a big relief to the people residing in the low-lying areas of the river in the flood-affected districts.  Flood Conservator R Kasi Visveswararao said that the water level at Dowleswaram stood at 8 feet on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, the authorities in the Godavari districts continue to remain on high alert as 250 villages of the ASR district and island villages in the West Godavari and Konaseema districts have been completely inundated due to the overflowing rainwater. Speaking to reporters at Bhimavaram, West Godavari Collector P Prasanti said flood victims were to stay at the relief camps for two more days. 

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