With the flood situation at Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar continues to be grim with the water level at Srisailam still above the Full Reservoir Level (FRL), the focus shifted to Prakasam barrage and adjoining Vijayawada where all the discharged water from Sagar will accumulate.
So far, the Nagarjunasagar dam received 11.72 lakh cusecs from Srisailam and released 10.60 lakh cusecs downstream to the Prakasam barrage. Monday will be a crucial day when the water released from Nagarjunasagar will reach Prakasam barrage.
The Vijayawada district administration has evacuated about 1.5 lakh people living in low-lying areas. More people were being persuaded to move out late into the night.
Prakasam barrage received 7.73 lakh cusecs at 9 am on Sunday, 8.14 lakh cusecs by 1 pm and 8.55 lakh cusecs by 5 pm, according to the irrigation department.