Guntur: Agriculture fields along the downstream of Nagarjunasagar project have been inundated due to massive floods in Krishna river. With the floodwater continuing from the upstream, farmers are worried about saving standing crops in hundreds of acres. According to reports, cotton and chilli nurseries have been damaged in Machavaram, Dachepalle, Amaravati, Atchampet, Thullur and Tadepalle mandals while paddy fields were affected in Duggirala, Repalle, Kolluru, Bhattiprolu mandals. Agriculture officials said they will start enumeration of damages once the floodwater recedes.
Pulichintala project, the last balancing reservoir on Krishna basin, is brimming with waters resulting in release of floodwater to downstream. All the projects on Krishna basin have reached their fullest capacity prompting authorities to let out waters to the sea from Pulichintala. With no let-up in inflow to Srisailam project, the irrigation authorities are releasing nearly 4 lakh cusecs to the downstream. The water level at Srisailam project touched 883ft against the FRL of 885ft. The project is brimming as water level touched 206tmc against the total capacity of 215tmc.
Similarly, in Nagarjuna Sagar project the water level has touched 587ft against the FRL of 590ft. The project storage has reached 305 tmc of water against the full capacity of 312tmc.
Pulichintala project is also nearing its full capacity of 45 tmc as the level has already touched 42 tmc even as the flood from upstream continuues. While the project is receiving around 3 lakh cusecs of water from Sagar, the authorities are guardedly releasing water to the downstream to prevent sudden inundation of the riverbank villages and Vijayawada city. All the officials in the riverbank mandals in both Krishna and Guntur districts have been asked to stay on high alert for another 48 hours as the chances of flood continuing are high. Guntur district collector Samuel Anand Kumar and Krishna district collector A Mohammed Intiaz took stock of the situation with the field officials on Sunday.