The water table at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowleswaram is 16.2 ft and the officials are discharging 16 lakh cusecs of water into the sea from the barrage. The flood may abate by Sunday night as rains in the upstream of the Godavari have stopped.
Though the flood water receded, about 100 villages in the district are still under water, mainly in Konaseema area. Coconut gardens, banana plantations, lemon, guava and orange orchards and paddy crop were inundated in the district. Officials of the agriculture department are trying to estimate the loss.
Meanwhile, the lanka villages are also flooded and the district administration is supplying drinking water, bread and butter to the flood-hit. As many as 300 cattle heads were also shifted to safer places. There is no human loss in the floods till now. As many as 3,016 people of 14 mandals were evacuated to 14 relief centres relating to mandals of Rajahmundry urban, P Gannaavaram, Tallarevu, Devipatnam, K Gangavaram, Atreyapuram, Sakhinetipalli, Allavaram, Alamuru and Sitanagaram.
Collector Neetu Prasad directed measures to face any challenge. Patrolling will also be conducted on Sunday night, the collector said.
Special officer incharge of floods M Ravi Chandra said the floods were not as severe as the earlier ones.