Flood situation remains grim, more rains likely in coming days

Published: 23rd July 2013 08:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2013 12:55 PM   |  A+A-


Flood situation in Khammam, East and West Godvari districts continues to remain grim with the met department predicting heavy rain under the influence of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal. The toll due to floods and heavy rain rose to 12 on Monday.

The Met department has forecast heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam East Godavari, West Godavari  Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam in the next 48 hours.

The water level at Dowleswaram level was 17.1 ft as against 16.8 ft on Sunday while it was receding at Bhadrachalam with water  level steady at 50.6 ft as against 55.8 ft on Sunday.

The highest rainfall of 57.6 mm was received in Karimnagar district while 60 mm rainfall was recorded in East Godavari district and Chittoor district in Rayalaseema received 66 mm of rainfall (highest in the state).

Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, while reviewing the flood situation with chief secretary PK Mohanty and other officials directed the officials to closely monitor the situation in East, West Godavari and Khammam districts. He asked the officials to set up relief camps and supply food packets, drinking water and medicines to the flood victims on a warfooting.

The five helicopters deployed in Karimnagar district have been called back and two of them sent to Bhadrachalam and one to Rajahmundry. In addition to the 7 NDRF teams which are already in place in six districts, one additional team is being sent to Narasapur in West Godavari district. As many as 10 NDRF teams consisting of 414 persons and 60 boats are deployed in Bhadrachalam, East and West Godavari, Adilabad and Karimnagar districts.

Nearly 5,204 houses were damaged and crops submerged in 59,878 hectares.

Horticulture crops have been submerged in 3,153 hectares. In all 240 minor irrigation tanks were breached and roads in 3,877 km stretch damaged.

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