India: 5204 houses damaged, 8000 people displaced in flood-ravaged Andhra Pradesh

July 22, 2013

The water level in Godavari river at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowleswaram crossed 17-foot mark on Monday morning and the outflow through all 175 gates reached a whopping 18 lakh cusecs, flooding the 'Lanka' villages, as the island villages in Konaseema region are called.

The flood situation in two Godavari districts of coastal Andhra continued to be grim with hundreds of villages marooned.

A large number of villages in East Godavari and West Godavari districts in coastal Andhra remained under water as the Godavari river continued to be in spate while the level has receded at upstream Bhadrachalam in Khammam district, officials said.

The water level in Godavari river at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowleswaram crossed 17-foot mark on Monday morning and the outflow through all 175 gates reached a whopping 18 lakh cusecs, flooding the 'Lanka' villages, as the island villages in Konaseema region are called.

The floods in the two Godavari districts have hit over 1.5 lakh people. Many villagers are going without food and water. Over 5,000 people were shifted to relief camps and safe places, officials said.

Several villages in flood-hit Khammam, Karimnagar and Adilabad districts of Telangana region were still cut off.

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