Floods, incessant rains smash farmers’ upcoming harvest in AP

Flood levels in River Krishna at Prakasam Barrage are receding yet several low-lying areas downstream the barrage, especially those in Vijayawada continue to be inundated in the flood water.
Inflows to the Prakasam Barrage stood at 3.5 lakh cusecs and outflows stood at 3.35 lakh cusecs. Since the flood water level is at 3.6 mm (12 ft) over the crest of the barrage, the first warning was withdrawn. 
Despite the water levels receding, crops like plantain, turmeric, guava, sugarcane and paddy cultivated in thousands of acres on the banks of River Krishna were inundated incurring heavy losses to farmers.
At Chodavaram village in Penamaluru mandal, turmeric crops in hundreds of acres were inundated and farmers were seen wading through waist-deep water in their agriculture fields.  Several residents of low-lying colonies in Vijayawada were seen cleaning their houses filled with slus