Kothagudem: The water level in river Godavari at Bhadrachalam in the district was increasing again with the heavy rainfall in its catchment area since Wednesday night.
The water level at 5 pm reached 50.50 feet with the discharge of 12,45,937 cusecs of water on Thursday at Bhadrachalam Pushkar Ghat. The river would reach 53 foot (third warning) level by 10 pm, Central Water Commission officials said.
It might be noted that the water level receded from the third warning level to below the second warning level and reached 43 feet, the first warning level, on Wednesday 10pm. In view of increasing flood in Godavari the District Collector MV Reddy held a teleconference with officials and directed them to be alert and closely monitor the situation.
He informed the press that as many as 100 expert swimmers, and 46 mechanised boats as well as country boats and life jackets were kept ready to meet any emergency situation in the mandals that would be affected by the floods. The water level in the river was increasing rapidly.
Steps were taken to shift the residents in the flood affected villages to relief camps, he said and asked the officials of all concerned departments to work in effective coordination. The services of police and NDRF have to be availed in case of emergency.
ITDA Project Officer P Gowtham, Additional Collectors K Venkateshwarlu and D Anudeep, DPO Ramakanth, Sub-Collector Swarnalatha and others attended the teleconference. On the other hand, Kinnerasani project at Paloncha was receiving huge inflows and the officials lifted 12 gates to discharge 60,000 cusecs of excess water downstream. At Taliperu project about 1,62,790 cusecs of water was discharged.