Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Thousands still stranded in flood waters

Flood victims rush for food packets being dropped from an Indian Air Force helicopter at a village in Mehaboobnagar. AP
First Published : 07 Oct 2009 02:21:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 07 Oct 2009 11:07:33 AM IST
VIJAYAWADA: Several villages in Krishna and Guntur districts continued to be under a heightened threat of further submergence with the volume and speed of Krishna flood waters increasing with each passing hour.The government claimed flood threat no longer existed for the State but the fact is 573 villages in Krishna, Guntur, Nalgonda, Kurnool and Mahaboobnagar districts remain marooned. The discharge from Nagarjuna Sagar into the Krishna river has come down to 5.5 lakh cusecs. However, in Krishna district, the flood waters continue to wreak havoc with fragile bunds unable to withstand the pressure of swirling waters and caving in. In villages in Avanigadda, and Nagayalanka and Koduru mandals, the river has found its way into the villages, cutting the embankment.About 12 villages in Avanigadda, Nagayalanka, Mopidevi, Challapalli and Ghantasala mandals have been inundated and the water level has been rising. The entire area adjoining Puligadda aqueduct has been submerged up to 70 per cent.A breached embankment near Viswanathapalli in Koduru mandal is still inundating the village.Edurumondi, Elichetla dibba, Jinkapalem, Brahmamgari Mula and Gollamanda in Nagayalanka mandal lay submerged, with only the roof tops being visible. It is estimated that almost 5,000-7,000 people are stuck in these villages.A major breach to the embankment near Oleru village in Guntur district led to flooding of almost 30 villages by this evening. Though outflows have come down from Nagarjuna Sagar, the flow of water is unlikely to come down in Krishna downstream of Prakasam Barrage till another day passes. The already weak bund started to give away by around 12.30 a.m, inundating Oleru. Subsequently, locals informed Minister Mopidevi Venkataramana who came along with around 100 people to save the bund.A similar situation exits in the rest of the flood-hit 39 villages in the district. About 1,500 people, who had trekked up a hill in Bellamkonda four days ago, still remain there without food and water

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