Andhra Pradesh rains: Toll climbs to 9; K.L. Rao Sagar reservoir almost full

As much as 1.51 lakh cusecs of flood water is being discharged from K.L. Rao Sagar reservoir which is reaching Prakasam Barrage


The state government has announced an ex gratia of Rs4 lakh to the kin of each of those killed in rain-related incidents. Photo: AFP
The state government has announced an ex gratia of Rs4 lakh to the kin of each of those killed in rain-related incidents. Photo: AFP

Vijayawada: With four more deaths reported, the toll in rain-related incidents in Andhra Pradesh rose to nine, while the K.L. Rao Sagar reservoir is almost filled to the brim with water due to copious showers in Guntur district and the upper catchment areas of the Krishna river.

The Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada on Krishna river is also overflowing as close to two lakh cusecs of flood water is flowing into it. While K.L. Rao Sagar reservoir’s full level is 45.77 tmc ft, it is now holding 30 tmc ft of water. At this time last year, it stored only 5.70 tmc ft of water.

As much as 1.51 lakh cusecs of flood water is being discharged from K.L. Rao Sagar reservoir which is reaching Prakasam Barrage. With additional flood water flowing in from rivulets like Musi, the inflow into Prakasam Barrage is 1.90 lakh cusecs.

Consequently, all the 70 crest gates of the barrage have been lifted to let out 1.42 lakh cusecs into the sea. This is the first time in over five years that the Barrage has witnessed such massive inflow and outflow. Incessant rains that lashed mainly the Palnadu region of Guntur district in the last three days gave a little breather on Friday but not before causing enormous damage to infrastructure and crops.

The toll due to rain-related incidents in the state climbed to nine with four fresh deaths being reported since late Thursday night. While six persons died in Guntur district, three were killed in Visakhapatnam district as rains spread to north coastal Andhra Pradesh under the influence of a depression in Bay of Bengal that turned into a deep depression by this evening.

The state government has announced an ex gratia of Rs4 lakh to the kin of each of those killed in rain-related incidents. Train services between Guntur and Secunderabad remained suspended for the second consecutive day as over two-km rail tracks near Sattenapalli washed away due to overflowing of rivulets in the region.

Railway staff, with the support of local people, have undertaken repair works of the tracks on a war footing. Major Express trains on the Guntur-Secunderabad route have been diverted via Kazipet, Vijayawada, Dhone and Nandyal while some passenger trains have been cancelled. Road transport in Palnadu was also disrupted.

Deputy chief minister N.Chinarajappa, who also holds the home and disaster management portfolios toured the flood-affected Chilakaluripet region and Pedakurapadu Assembly constituency and supervised the relief operations. State agriculture minister P. Pulla Rao and local MLA K. Sridhar accompanied him.

Seven relief camps have been set up by the district administration where hundreds of flood-hit persons are taking shelter. The deputy chief minister said the state government would come to the rescue of the farmers who suffered crop damages due to floods. “Enumeration of the losses will be undertaken once the flood water recedes,” Chinarajappa said.

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