Flood water flow increases at Prakasam Barrage

Flood water flow at Prakasam Barrage rose to 2.57 lakh cusecs as of 7 p.m. Monday following a continued increase in inflows from the Pulichintala project.

About 10,000 cusecs of water was discharged into the irrigation canals while 2.47 lakh cusecs of flood water was discharged into the sea. At 10 a.m., the flood inflow and outflow at the dam of Prakasam were about 83,000 cusecs.

Up to 40 crest gates of the dam were raised up to five feet and 30 gates were raised up to six feet to let excess flood water flow downstream. This was the highest flood level recorded at Prakasam Barrage this season and the flood level is expected to breach the first flood warning level of 3.96 lakh cusecs by Monday evening.

The district administration has made arrangements to stop the inflow of water to residential settlements in Krishnalanka and Ramalingeswara Nagar areas in the city and several other mandals along the course of the river.

A 24-member National Disaster Response Force team has been dispatched to the city to assist the public and authorities in the event of flooding. Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Response Force Commissioner K. Kanna Babu has alerted Krishna and Guntur district officials about the massive influxes to Pulichintala and Prakasam Barrage.

He said flooding was likely to subside by Tuesday evening and asked the public to stay safe and follow instructions from local authorities.

As of 7 p.m., the flow at Sukesula was 38,671 cusecs and at Srisailam it was 4.68 lakh cusecs. In Nagarjuna Sagar, the flow rate was 3.55 lakh cusecs.

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