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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 Since the flood water level is at 3.6 mm (12 ft) over the crest of the barrage, the first warning was withdrawn.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 slush of mud and assessing losses. 
 
Meanwhile, special teams have been constituted by the district administration to enumerate the crop loss and the same will be forwarded to the State government in coming days. 
 
Over 2,400 hectares of crops were damaged due to overflowing of local streams. While farmers have been expecting harvest in next two months, they have suffered an irreparable crop damage due to these floods.
 
Additionally, low-lying areas of Pedamadhuru, Narukullapadu and other villages were marooned due to floods. 
 
The Guntur district administration has already shifted several people from low-lying areas along River Krishna. Once the flood levels in the river recede, people in the relief camps will be sent to their homes. 
 
Meanwhile, district collectors have been asked to enumerate crop losses in an expeditious manner and display the data at Rythu Bharosa Kendras, so that the entire process of enumeration of crop loss and payment of compensation will be transparent.
 
However, with IMD forecasting thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in the Coastal belt and across the state, the administration is on tenterhooks with evacuation plans. 

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