Its pouring cats and dogs in Andhra Pradesh. While a good shower is always a great news, managing the excess becomes a bit of a challenge. Interestingly, Dachepalli in Guntur district tops with
171 mm rainfall this time.
The AP State Govt is now actively looking at managing the excessive inflows. Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said 1.33 lakh cusecs of water is being released from Prakasam barrage by lifting all the 70 gates.
He said the inflows at Prakasam barrage stands at 1.40 lakh cusecs and 6869 cusecs of water is being released to canals.
The minister said officials are alerting the villagers of Krishna down stream following release of flood water. He said the state received 18.7 per cent excess rainfall in September registering 130 mm rainfall against 109 mm average rainfall.
In Guntur district alone 26.9 per cent excess rain fall was registered. Dachepalli tops with 171 mm rain fall and Pulipadu mandal registered 155 mm rain fall for the past 24 hours. The minister said Pulichintala has been receiving heavy inflows of 1.84 lakh cusecs.
He said 30 tmc of water stored at Pulichintala project and the excess inflows are being released down stream. He said Somasila reservoir received 23.7 tmc of water and Gundlakamma project 2.8 tmc. The minister stressed the need for constructing another project with 10 tmc storage capacity between Pulichintala and Prakasam barrage to prevent wastage of flood water.
The minister inspected the Prakasam barrage and directed the officials to alert the villagers of down stream. He said with the unprecedented rain and release of water farmers are busy in cultivation in Krishna delta covering 10 lakh acres.
Source – AP CMO