Bhadrachalam (Kothagudem): With water level in River Godavari increasing swiftly, District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini directed mandal level and sectorial officials to be alert.
According to official sources, there was heavy rainfall in upper catchment area of the river in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh as a result of which the river was receiving huge inflows. Water level in Godavari at Bhadrachalam at 10 am on Saturday was 40.5 feet and increased to 42 feet at 5 pm.
In view of the rising trend, it was expected that the water level could reach first warning level of 43 feet by late night hours, hence all the residents in the villages on the banks of the river should be careful, the Collector said. He advised the villagers not to leave the cattle out for grazing.
Since Godavari was in full spate, fishermen should not go for fishing in the river, he added.
Meanwhile, dead body of a fisherman, Uppatla Srinivas, who was washed away in the river at Cherla on Friday evening, was found on Saturday at the point of confluence of Taliperu-Godavari in Cherla mandal.
The Collector told the sectorial officers to make required arrangements at relief centres so that the people in the affected villages could be shifted to the relief shelters in case flood situation turns alarming.
As the Taliperu project was receiving huge inflows, the officials lifted three gates to discharge 7,884 cusecs water into river Godavari. The full reservoir level was 74 m and present water level was 73.4 m.