Vijayawada: The second flood warning at Prakasam barrage remained in force on Saturday with the Krishna river brimming with heavy inflows from the upstream, thanks to incessant rains in the catchment. The inflow into the barrage crossed 7 lakh cusecs, but receded to 6 lakh cusecs with discharges being regulated at Pulichintala dam.
In Kolluru mandal of Guntur district, a 50-year-old man, identified as S Shankar Rao, was washed away by flood waters. Crops spread over thousands of acres were inundated in downstream areas of Prakasam barrage on either side of the river bank in Krishna and Guntur districts.
Home minister Mekathoti Sucharita and minister in-charge for Guntur district, Ranganath Raju, visited flood-affected areas in Tenali and Vemuru constituencies on Saturday. Sucharita said the standing crop has been damaged in Vemuru and Tenali constituencies because of inundation.
“Directions have been given to officials to evaluate the extent of damage to fields to give compensation to farmers. Immediate relief measures are also being taken to shift flood-affected people to safer places and for distribution of essential commodities,” she said. The minister also announced Rs 4 lakh for the family members of Shankar Rao, who was washed away in the flood.