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India: Incessant rains in Andhra Pradesh leaves Godavari in spate

A large number of villages cut off due to the floods

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Hyderabad: With the incessant rains continuing over Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Maharahstra under the influence of depression in Bay of Bengal, rivers Godavari, Penganga and Pranahita were in spate and a large number of villages in Adilabad, Khammam and Warangal district were cut off due to the floods.

Many parts of Adilabad, Nizamabad and Warangalwere receiving rains for the fifth consecutive day today and almost all the projects across river Godavari were full to the capacity forcing the authorities to open gates.

Godavari river was flowing near the danger mark in Bhadrachalam town of Khammamdistrict. With the water level touching 40 feet, the river had started caressing the footsteps of the famous Rama temple in the town and all the activities along the river banks have come to a standstill.

At Cotton Barrage at Dhowleshwaram near Rajahmundry, authorities had opened the flood gates releasing 4.09 lakh cusecs of water in to the sea.

Godavari was also flowing above danger level in Eturanagaram agency area of Warangaldistrict.

Water never was also nearing maximum level in Sriramsagar project on the borders of Adilabad and Nizamabad district and the inflow had reached 70000 cusecs thanks to the heavy rains in the upper areas of Maharashtra.

Pranahita and Penganga were also over flowing and crops on an area of 8000 acres had come under water. The road traffic between Adilabad and Maharashtra was also affected as Penganga river was flowing over bridges and roads.

Flood gates of Kadam project in Adialabad were also opened to release excess water.

Coal production had come to a halt in Adilabad district as flood water had entered some of the mines in Bellampally area.

In Nizamabad Kaulan Nala project was full and 750 cusecs water was being discharged from it. In Khammam 8 gates of Taliperu project were opened discrhaging 9200 cusecs of water.

While Godavari was in full spate, river Krishna was yet to benefit from the rains so far and most of the projects on Krishnaincluding Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar have seen little inflows.

Officials of the disaster management department said that the state as a whole has received 20 per cent excess rainfall so far. The state has recorded an average rainfall of 25 cms against the normal of 21.3 cms for this time of the year.

Of the 1100 odd mandals in the state 558 mandals have received above normal rainfall this year. It was normal in 377 mandals, below normal in 170 mandals and much below normal in 43 mandals.