While heavy downpour continued to batter Andhra Pradesh, flood threat looms large in Krishna river with floodwaters plunging in from Kalaburagi, Yadgir and Raichur and other parts of Mumbai and Karnataka. As thousands of acres in low-lying areas are already flooded, tensions gripped catchment area down the Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada.
According to the information received from the officials at Basavasagar Reservoir across Krishna river, over 98,800 cusecs of water was discharged while the same amount of inflow from the Almatti dam in Bagalkot district which added to the incessant rains in AP.
While Prakasam Barrage is currently receiving over 7 lakh cusecs of inflow, which is being released to down, around 2,000 families living in the catchment area in Vijayawada were affected by floodwater. Authorities are continuing a second emergency alert at Prakasam Barrage.
District officials announced that all necessary arrangements are made at the IGM stadium and five municipal schools to house 2,000 displaced families. Officials also stated that they have organised medical camps and made food arrangements for the affected families in the catchment areas.
However, it was learnt that only 500 persons are willing to move out while many others are not interested to leave their homes. It can be noted that it has been the third time that the low lying areas were flooded after a heavy outflow from Prakasam barrage despite the constructed retaining wall.