Alert Sounded In Srikakulam And Vizianagaram Dists Following Floods Upstream

A warning has been issued in the two north coastal Andhra districts following heavy rains in Odisha. Three villages have been inundated.

Visakhapatnam: Two major rivers, Nagavali and Kalyani, are in spate following flash floods in Rayagada district of Orissa in the State. Administrators in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh, through which Nagavali and Vamsadhara flow, have sounded an alert.

A railway bridge connecting Kalyana Singupur Road and Therubali Railway Stations got washed away on Sunday. Alert gang men averted a major accident at this bridge, as a goods train was scheduled to cross it at about 11 am. Railway services have been disrupted on this line as a result.

With inflows into Totapally reservoir in Srikakulam district increasing rapidly, officials have begun releasing one lakh cusecs of water into the sea. Gotta Barrage gates have also been lifted as inflows from Vamsadhara increased unexpectedly on Sunday night.

Several villages have been inundated along the catchment areas of Nagavali. Water has entered Patakallikota, Duggi and Purnampadu villages.

The interstate highway at Kuneru on Andhra-Odisha border has got completely covered with a sheet of water, resulting in disruption of vehicular movement between the two States.

The Meteorological Department has announced heavy rains in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in the next two days. District administrations of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram have prepared themselves to meet any eventuality.

A control room has been set up at the District Collector’s Office in Srikakulam. Authorities can be contacted on 08942-240557 for help at any time.

Rayagada Devastated

Meanwhile, life in Rayagada district of Odisha has come to a standstill following incessant rains since Saturday. Thousands of people have been left stranded as flood waters have entered into their houses. According to reports, as many as 30 villages have been marooned. A railway track, three road bridges and a railway bridge have been washed away, disrupting rail and road traffic.

People from the flood affected villages are being evacuated by the district administration to safer places.

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