All the 70 gates of the Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada were opened on Tuesday as the dam received heavy inflow from upstream. The District administration of Krishna and Guntur districts were alerted to take precautionary measures.
Authorities told the dam had received over 4.5 Lakh cusecs inflow from the Pulichintala reservoir which is located upstream. The gates were lifted to release the water before it breaches its capacity.
Officials said the water will be released gradually, initially at 25,000 cusecs and may be increased to 1.5 cusecs and further.
District administration of Krishna and Guntur districts are preparing to handle any untoward incident. The Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority has already positioned rescue teams in the mandals that are under direct threat.
As per reports, the National Disaster Response Forces (NDRF) are stationed in Vijayawada and Guntur and control rooms were arranged in the sub-collector’s office and also at the Municipal Corporation.
With the water levels rising in Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers, several villages in Guntur and Kurnool districts were put on flood alert. These waters were diverted to the Srisailam dam.
Waters from the Srisailam Dam were released to the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam which increased the inflow into the Nagarjuna Sagar Project. Subsequently the water had to be released and all the 26 gates of the dam were opened.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rains in Andhra on Wednesday in isolated pockets in various districts of Srikakulam, Vishakapatnam, East and West Godavari districts.