AP floods: Rs 600 cr damage in East, West Godavari dts

Amaravati: Floods in the East and West Godavari districts in the last one week caused damage to the tune of Rs 600 crore, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said here.

He announced a compensation of Rs 25,000 per hectare to the crops damaged in the flood.

The Chief Minister stated this after conducting an aerial survey of the affected areas.

Paddy crops in about 11,000 hectares in the two districts considered the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh remained submerged, though agriculture department officials see some chance of revival once the water in the fields dries up.

Cotton too suffered extensive damage in about 1,300 hectares, but there is no chance of any revival, the officials said.

Official sources said the state government would submit a report on the flood damages to the Centre, seeking financial assistance, after a complete assessment in the next few days.

The two districts have been ravaged by the floods for the past six days. The Chief Minister reviewed the situation with Collectors of the two districts and other officials in Rajamahendravaram airport and later told reporters that steps would be taken to overcome the submergence problem of Erra Kalava (red canal) on a permanent basis.

“This canal caused the major damage in West Godavari district,” he pointed out.

Causeways damaged in the flood would be rebuilt while roads in the region would be repaired at a cost of Rs 35 crore, he added.

Meanwhile, the Godavari river continued to be in spate with the flood discharge crossing 15.24 lakh cusecs at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage in Dowaleswaram yesterday evening.

The discharge that was 14,34,636 cusecs late last night rose to 15,24,268 cusecs yesterday afternoon and remained steady.

On the other hand, flood discharge in river Krishna at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada fell by half to just about 75,107 cusecs yesterday evening from a high of 1.50 lakh cusecs Tuesday evening.

Inflow into the Srisailam reservoir, however, witnessed a sharp increase yesterday with the level almost touching the Full Reservoir Level (FRL).

Srisailam now holds 206.1 tmc ft of water at 883.3 feet as against the FRL of 215 tmc ft (885 ft), and as such, 2,12,365 cusecs was being released into the Nagarjuna Sagar dam downstream.

Copious inflows of 1,83,579 cusecs from Srisailam has resulted in Nagarjuna Sagar slowing inching towards the FRL, with the storage now at 216.88 tmc ft (553.2 feet).

However, about 100 tmc ft more water is required for Nagarjuna Sagar to fill to its capacity of 312 tmc feet.