AndraPradesh: Heavy rain lashes state; high alert in 4 districts

VISAKHAPATNAM: Barely recovering from the onslaught of the recent floods, the state is threatened by another fury of the nature with the coastal regions and Rayalaseema getting lashed by heavy rains during the last 24 hours and the met office warning of further heavy rains in the next two to three days.

The districts of Nellore, Prakasam, Chittoor and Kadapa have been put on a high alert with Nellore being the worst hit. With all the 46 mandals of the district recording heavy rains, breaches have occurred on the Kota-Sullurpeta and Dagadarthi-Butchireddypalem roads while a causeway was washed away in Jaladanki mandal.

According to the Met office, the rains were caused by a well-marked low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal under whose influence the northeast monsoon also became vigorous resulting in southcoastal Andhra recording more than 10 cm rain.

Kavali of Nellore district recorded the highest rainfall of 25 cm followed by 22 cm in Jaladanki while Gudur in the same district experienced 13 cm rainfall. The well-marked low-pressure area is likely to move in a north northwesterly direction and concentrate into a depression during the next 2-3 days, Met officials said. Under its influence, very heavy rainfall is likely at a few places in Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur and Krishna districts during the next 48 hours.

Isolated to heavy rain is likely over Chittoor and Kadapa in Rayalaseema and some parts of Telangana.

From TIMESOFINDIA

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Andrapradesh: 8,000 sq-km submerged in a day

Vijaywada, Oct. 6 — The furious river waters sheared for days through farmland and homes, inundating 20 lakh acres every day – Delhi five times over, or 13 cities the size of Mumbai. The Krishna rushed in from the Almatti dam in Karnataka and submerged 8,000 sq-km of land in a day. It now stands at the gates of the British colonial-era Prakasam Barrage in Andhra Pradesh next door, and a breach here could submerge vast swathes in the state’s rice-rich Krishna and Guntur districts.

The Prakasam barrage is a key passageway for the Krishna, which meanders through Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on way to the Bay of Bengal. On Tuesday, hundreds jostled here despite restrictions. Nearby, on a hillock, is the Kanaka Durga temple. People here believe that the day the idol is submerged, the entire city of Vijaywada will be washed away. If it does, it would be blamed on tardy cooperation between the two states. Until Saturday night, Andhra Pradesh did not evacuate people from the catchment of the Nagarjunasagar Dam as the Karnataka government assured that no more water would be released from its Srisalam dam. But as floodwaters poured in, gates were opened at Srisalam, worsening the situation.

Flood effect: Krishna river in spate at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada on Friday. With flood water crossing three-lakh cusecs mark the authorities lifted 35 gates to a height of eight feet and remaining 35 gates to seven feet. – PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR - From THE HINDU

Flood effect: Krishna river in spate at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada on Friday. With flood water crossing three-lakh cusecs mark the authorities lifted 35 gates to a height of eight feet and remaining 35 gates to seven feet. – PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR - From THE HINDU

“There appeared to be a breakdown of communication between the two neighbouring states,” said a senior official of the National Disaster Management Authoritry (NDMA), speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject. But technology might soon make up for government delays. NDMA member NVC Menon said that by 2012, people would be alerted about rising water within minutes of it being tracked by satellites.

Sloth after natural disasters is a annual story in India, a flood prone nation where tackling flooding comes under the states’ domain and New Delhi’s financial assistance since 2007 of Rs 8,000 crore (Rs 80 billion) has shown few results. Then, there is the lack of accountability.

“In the last 60 years, not a single engineer has ever been charged or punished for mismanagement of these dams,” he said.

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Flood water reaches Prakasam barrage, AP villages face threat

Vijayawada, Oct 5 (PTI) River Krishna virtually turned into a sea in all its fury today as a record 10.61 lakh cusecs of flood water reached Prakasam Barrage, threatening to submerge some villages.

This is the heaviest flood in river Krishna in more than 106 years as the previous record stands at 10.30 lakh cusecs in 1903, irrigation authorities said.

The water level touched 21.4 feet at Prakasam Barrage and all the 72 sluice gates have been lifted to let out water into Bay of Bengal.

They said said the current flood discharge at Nagarjuna Sagar has been reduced to 10.3 lakh cusescs from 11 lakh cusecs yesterday.

The discharge is expected to remain constant at least in the next 24 hours and the outflow from Prakasam Barrage will also be around 10.5 lakh cusecs.

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