22 of 24 sluice gates at Hiramandalam barrage lifted
Intro: Heavy rain in the catchments has Vamsadhara, Nagavali rivers in spate Graphics Floods again! 15,000 cusecs Inflows at Thotapalli reservoir 12,000 cusecs Outflows at Thotapalli 65 mm Rainfall in the cathment areas since Monday night 350 acres Crop fields inundated in Patapatnam mandal 250 acres Crop fileds under water in Vajrapukotturu Quote In the wake of rains, the agriculture officials are conducting a random survey about the inundation. However, it would not affect the yield. But, if the fields remain water-logged for more than five days, the crop may fail - Rama Rao, district agriculture joint director Express News Service @ Srikakulam With heavy rain lashing its catchment area for the last last two days, the Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers have received heavy inflows. The inflows at Thotapalli reservoir on Nagavali river was put at 15,000 cusecs on Tuesday of which 12,000 cusecs have been discharged to the sea. At the Hiramandalam barrage on Vamadhara River, the authorities have lifted 22 of the total 24 sluice gates. According to officials, the catchment areas of both the rivers have received 65 mm of rainfall since Monday night. The inflows was around 40,000 cusecs at Thotapalli reservoir on Sunday which has come down to 15,000 cusecs, said Totapalli SE Tirumala Rao. A flood like situation is prevailing in several mandals with the local water bodies are brimming. "Standing crops have been inundated in Mahadevipuram, Battupadu, Bendi, Seetarampuram, Boddapadu, Nagarampalli and Gullapadu villages of Vajrapukotturu mandal," said K Krishna, a farmer from Nagarampalli. "The crops in my three acre field are in seedling stage. Now, the fields have been submerged. All my investments have gone waste," he said. "In the wake of rains, the agriculture officials are conducting a random survey about the inundation. However, it would not affect the yield. But, if the fields remain water-logged for more than five days, the crop may fail," said the district agriculture joint director Rama Rao. Meanwhile, the authorities have instructed all agriculture officials to submit reports on the effect of rains and initiate measures on a war footing to save the crops, he added. "Crop fields in more than 350 acres are under water in Patapatnam mandal and the farmers have been advised to go for alternative crop asked to go for alternative crops," he said. Vajrapukotturu revenue officials said that around 250 acres of crop fields had been inundated. Meanwhile, collector K Dhananjaya Reddy has directed the officials of revenue and agriculture departments to take steps to keep the crop loss at bay. Box CM suggests evacuation of low-lying areas Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday asked the officials of Srikakulam district to be on high alert as the Nagavali and Vamsadhara rivers are in spate. After a high-level review meeting on the flood situation in Srikakulam, Naidu suggested the officials to evacuate the people living in the low-lying areas to rehabilitation centres. With water flooding into some of the low-lying areas, Naidu instructed the officials to undertake relief operations and make use of the services of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), if needed. He also wanted the officials to cooordinate with water resources and agriculture departments to ensure that the crops were not damaged.