Kothagudem: Water level in river Godavari has been rising and crossed the second warning level at Bhadrachalam in the district on Wednesday.

At 5 am in the day the water level crossed the second warning level of 48 feet and reached 49.30 feet. At 5 pm the water level reached 50.60 feet with a discharge of 12.91 lakh cusecs.

As a result transportation in Wazedu and Venkatapuram in erstwhile Warangal district, Aswapuram, Cherla, and Dummugudem mandals in Kothagudem district has been affected as the floodwaters inundated main roads at several places.

Main roads between Cherla-Bhadrachalam and Burgampad-Kothagudem, Amerdha-Ammagaripalli, Anandapuram-Chinthiryala, Battilagumpu-Ramnagar villages in Aswapuram mandal and at Gangolu village in Dummugudem mandal were inundated affecting vehicular movement.

The TSRTC officials halted bus services from Bhadrachalam to Cherla in view of the flood situation. Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar telephoned District Collector Anudeep

Durishetty and other officials to enquire about the flood situation.

He directed them to carry out relief measures in flood affected areas and ensure safety of people in those areas and supply of essential commodities to them. The local authorities should be available to the people and continue the relief operations on a daily basis.

Ajay Kumar stated that government machinery was ready to face any emergency situation while assuring that the flood-affected people need not worry as the State government would stand by them.

The officials of revenue, panchayat raj, irrigation, electricity, police and health departments have to work in coordination at the field level to take measures to avoid loss of life. People in low-lying areas have to be moved to rehabilitation centres, he noted.

The Collector informed the minister that officials were on alert in view of rising flood level in the river at Bhadrachalam and all required measures have been taken to address the situation.

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