VIJAYAWADA: With heavy rains lashing the district for the last three days, water level in Krishna river near Prakasam Barrage has been increasing steadily.As on Sunday, while inflows to the barrage stood at 1.35 lakh cusecs, outflows were close to 1.20 lakh cusecs. 

As such, people living in low-lying areas in Vijayawada, such as Krishna Lanka and Ramalingeswara nagar, are fearing that the swollen river may enter their home. The district administration, too, has strongly advised them to vacate their houses and move to safer locations.

“It has become a routine affair for us to vacate the locality when floodwater is released downstream of Prakasam Barrage. A team of officials from the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation came and asked us to relocate. How can they do so when there is a pandemic around? Where will we go? The authorities must rehabilitate us before releasing floodwater,” observed Paidi Durga Rao, a resident of Balaji Nagar Katta.

Several streams were flowing at danger levels since the morning, paralysing normal life as roads in Nandigama, Mylavaram, Kanchikacherla, Penuganchiporlu, Chandarlapadu Nuzvid, Challapalli and Gudivada were inundated in knee-deep water.

Revenue officials estimated that thousands of acres of paddy, chilli and cotton crops in Sengapadu, Venganayukunipalem, Venkatapuram, Subbavaram and other villages were damaged due to the release of water. 

A bridge near Lingala was inundated bringing the traffic between Hyderabad and Vijayawada to a standstill.

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