AP government sounds flood alert to people living downstream Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada

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All the 70 gates of the barrage are opened to let the excess water out as the barrage received 82,000 cusecs of water from upstream. 

The irrigation department of Andhra Pradesh government has appealed to people living downstream Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada to be on alert as 70 gates of the barrage have been lifted to release the flood water.

"River Krishna is overflowing at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada. The floodwater is increasing at a fast pace. A huge amount of water is accumulating at the barrage due to rains in upper area. The irrigation department has lifted 70 gates and discharging the flood water into the sea," ANI quoted the officials as saying.

The officials said that a warning has been issued to the people of low lying areas to be on alert for the possibility of floods. Earlier on Saturday, Krishna district collector A Md. Imtiaz had said that over lakh cusecs are expected in the Prakasam barrage and appealed to people living in low lying areas to be on alert.

"Around 82,000 cusecs of water has been received at the Prakasam barrage today and 10,000 cusects of it is released to the canals. Water from Pulichintala will be stored, while the water coming from Munneru will be let off downstream, he said.

The district collector said control rooms have been opened at every mandal and the National Disaster Relief Force and the State Relief Force teams are also available for any emergency.

The heavy rains have caused the Krishna river to overflow at Keesara. Floodwaters hampered traffic at Damuluru junction and transportation between Veerulapadu and Nandigrama madals was obstructed.

According to Meteorological Department, fiarly widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places very likely over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana during the next two days.

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