ELURU:Water levels in the Godavari are gradually rising due to heavy rain upstream of the river and in the Agency areas of the district. Heavy inflows were witnessed at Pattiseema while 37 villages in Agency mandals of Polavaram and Velerupadu remained cut off from the rest of the state.
The Godavari has been overflowing in Polavaram mandal since Sunday morning. At 11.00 in the morning, the river water flowed above 4 feet on the Kothuru Bridge in Polavaram mandal. Due to this, 17 villages have been isolated from other parts of the district. The officials have arranged boats at the river as a precautionary measure. They stated that if the flood level rose by another foot, they would evacuate people of the interior areas of the Agency in boats.
Meanwhile, Edduvagu bridge between Yedavalli and Bollapalli villages was inundated in floodwaters. Due to this, about 20 villages in Velerupadu mandal were cut off from rest of the district.
Heavy rain has been lashing West Godavari Agency since Saturday evening.
Officials said water levels at Jalleru and Kovvada reservoirs were rising. The level of Yerrakalava reservoir is also rising gradually.
According to officials, for the last 24 hours, 18.3 mm average rainfall was recorded in the distict.
44 mm Rainfall recorded in EG
Rajahmundry: East Godavari district recorded an average rainfall of 44 mm and a total of 2,866 mm in the last 24 hours. The highest rainfall of 270 mm was recorded in Sakhinetipalli mandal and the lowest of 4.4 mm in Nellipaka mandal of the district.