KARIMNAGAR: The state government is monitoring the water levels of all reservoirs, irrigation minister T Harish Rao has said.
Rao, who is camping here along with finance minister Etela Rajender to monitor Godavari flood water at dams and barrages in Karimnagar, Adilabad and Nizamabad districts, told reporetrs here on Sunday that the revenue and irrigation authorities concerned were on alert to the unprecedented rains.
The Godavari water level in Sripada Yellampalli reservoir is being maintained and over 4.50 lakh cusecs of water has been released. The water level at the Lower Manair Dam (LMD) has reached about 13 tmcft and the gates will be lifted if the level rises above 17 tmcft.
The earth bund near Mid Manair dam (MMD) has breached due to heavy inflows. NDRF teams have reached Karimnagar to arrest further damage. Helicopters have been kept ready in Hyderabad for use, if needed. In view of the heavy inflows into the MMD, the villagers of Kandikatukuru and Pottur in Illanthakunta mandal, Chokkaraopally in Bejjanki mandal and Manwada in Boinpally mandal have been shifted to relief camps. Karimnagar villages Elgandal, Khajipur, Chintakunta and Kamanpur, which are situated betweenMMD and LMD, too have been sent to relief camps.
Referring to villagers of Pankena in Mahadevpur mandal and some cattle stranded in flood water, Harish Rao said that those stranded would be rescued soon.