Greatest flood threat to Vijayawada in 100 years
The greatest flood threat in hundred years hit the Prakasam barrage on Krishna river at Vijayawada threatening several villages downstream including the city of Vijayawada. Many colonies along the left bank of the Krishna in Vijayawada city submerged as the water level touched 6 feet in the evening.
The death toll in the floods in the state rose to 52. A record 11.03 lakh cusecs of floodwater reached the Prakasam barrage. Meanwhile, the authorities have shifted 2.5 lakh people of Krishna and Guntur districts to relief camps.
The situation in villages in the Krishna delta is grim as more than 50,000 people were trapped in floodwaters and the situation will remain dangerous for another 24 hours as the flood discharge at Prakasam barrage will continue to be around 11 lakh cusecs.
The water level at Prakasam barrage touched 21.9 feet and all the 72 sluice gates were opened to let out the excess flood waters. The discharge from Nagarjunasagar dam is expected to remain constant at 10.17 lakh cusecs for the next 24 hours.