Amaravati: Rivers and rivulets in Srikakulam and East and West Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh have been receiving flood waters due to heavy rains in the neighbouring states.
Vamsadhara and Nagavali in Srikakulam district received unexpected inflows from Odisha but, the situation was managed. However, standing crops were damaged in the marooned villages.
Flood continued in river Godavari for the ninth consecutive day, keeping tens of tribal hamlets cut off from the rest of the world. Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy went on an aerial survey of the affected areas in East and West Godavari districts on Thursday afternoon. He directed the officials to arrange for shifting of the people form affected villages to relief camps. He also directed the officials to distribute financial assistance at the rate of Rs 5,000 per family in all the affected villages.
At 4 pm on Thursday, officials hoisted first warning signal in river Godavari at Bhadrachalam, where water level was rising above 43.3 feet. While the water level increased at Kunavaram and Polavaram, it receeded at Chintoor. Level at Dowaleswaram remained steady.
As many as 60 NDRF, 156 state disaster relief teams and 111 fire teams have been positioned in East Godavari district. In West Godavari too, 30 NDRF, 69 SDRF and 49 fire teams have been positioned.
The CM announced that an IAS officer would be given the charge of overseeing the rehabilitation of people from Polavaram submergence areas.
In Srikakulam, officials hoisted second warning signal at Gotta Barrage, where equal inflow and outflow is maintained at 90,451 cusecs. At Thotapalli reservoir, 29,485 cusecs is let into the sea as against inflow of 26,985 but no danger signal was hoisted.
Opposition Telugu Desam Party also deputed its teams to visit the flood-hit areas to coordinate with the officials in relief operations and to assess the situation.