Floods recede in Vamsadhara, Nagavali

Floods recede in Vamsadhara, Nagavali
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Flood water level began receding in Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers from Monday evening. Due to heavy rains in catchment areas of both the rivers in upper riparian state of Odisha, water level had begun increasing in Nagavali from Sunday noon and in Vamsadhara from Monday morning. 

Srikakulam: Flood water level began receding in Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers from Monday evening. Due to heavy rains in catchment areas of both the rivers in upper riparian state of Odisha, water level had begun increasing in Nagavali from Sunday noon and in Vamsadhara from Monday morning.

Flood water level was 30,000 cusecs in Nagavali on Sunday noon and it reached to 1.35 lakh cusecs by night. In Vamsadhara, water level was 34,000 cusecs on Monday morning and came down to 18,000 cusecs by evening.

Flood water inflows were 18,000 cusecs into Gotta barrage at Hira mandal on Vamsadhara by 6 pm and outflow was 27,000 cusecs, said the barrage deputy executive engineer M Prabhakara Rao. Due to increase in flood water level in Vamsadhara, Thalada village in Bhamini mandal, Madanapuram, Ramakrishnapuram, Somarajapuram and Anguru villages in Kotturu mandal were surrounded by water.

At Thalada village in Bhamini mandal, one person, identified as Kolla Gopalam, 65, had drowned while was trying to swim across the river to reach Kasinagar in Odisha state. His body was not traced till Monday evening. Meanwhile, the district witnessed continuous rainfall on Monday due to cyclone coupled with low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.

In total, 1088 millimetre (MM) rainfall was recorded in the district till Monday evening with average rainfall of 26.3 mm, according to joint director (JD) for planning department M.Sivaram Nayakar. To face any situation, the district administration took all preventive measures along rivers Vamsadhara and Nagavali.

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