Flood water in Vamsadhara, Nagavali recedes; 800 acres of paddy fields hit

People told to stay away from rivers, canals and big tanks for the next few days.

Published: 19th July 2017 09:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2017 11:48 AM   |  A+A-

A farmer near his inundated paddy field in Srikakulam on Tuesday | Express

By Express News Service

SRIKAKULAM: The flood water in Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers, which were in spate, began receding on Tuesday. The outflows from the Thotapalli Barrage on Nagavali River which was around 1 lakh cusecs a day before, has come down to 8,000 cusecs by Tuesday afternoon, said project superintendent engineer Tirumula Rao, adding that with the rains in the upper catchment areas in Odisha coming down, the inflows has also decreased to 7,000 cusecs. 

“Now, we are trying to enhance the storage of the reservoir,” Rao said. In Vamsadhara River, the crest gates of Gotta Barrage remained lifted. Officials said that the outflows was increased to by 41,000 cusecs on Tuesday morning when compared to the 20,000 cusecs on Monday. But by the evening, the inflows reduced to 29,000 cusecs, while the outflows stood at  30,000 cusecs. The total rainfall registered in the upper catchments areas of Vamsadhara has been put at 150.8 mm.

Meanwhile, the crop fields remained inundated in the low-lying areas and residents of Dabbapadu village said that more fields would be submerged, if the water did not recede by Tuesday night. “As many as 500 acres of paddy fields have been inundated in three mandals,” said agriculture department joint director Rama Rao, after visiting the flood-hit areas in Palakonda, Veeraghattam and Santakaviti mandal.

Another 300 acres were inundated in LN Peta mandal, said Y Srinivasa Raju, a farmer from the area. Meanwhile, heavy rains triggered by the low pressure over the Bay of Bengal is lashing the district. Many residential areas remained inundated. With water entering into the  RTC Complex in Srikakulam, the officials as well as the passengers faced troubles on Tuesday. Keeping the heavy rain warning in view, Collector K Dahunjaya Reddy said that two NDRF teams, one SDRF, one Task Force team from Fire Department had been deployed in the flood-hit areas. 


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