Andhra Pradesh Floods, India, July 2013

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been suffering from flooding since the monsoon rains began in June and early July this year. However the situation has worsened and levels of the river Godavari dangerously high. The Godavari River levels are extremely high in Dowleswaram in East Godavari district, although they appear to be falling slowly in Bhadrachalam.

There are already a reported 200 villages under water across 6 districts of the state: Adilabad, Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar, East Godavari and West Godavari districts. The flood waters in the villages and farmland there are not expected to recede for another 2 days or more.

One of the worst affected areas is the district of Karimnagar, where 40 villages are under water. Indian Air Force helicopters are needed to bring in food, water, medicine and other supplies. Khammam district has also been badly hit and 3 rescue teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed there to carry out relief work. Around 1,200 people have been displaced in East Godavari district, having to move to higher ground during the floods. People from the villages under threat in West Godavari district have also been moved to higher ground. Special flood disaster centres have been set up to monitor and co-ordinate rescue and relief work across the state.

Agriculture has also suffered and about 100,000 hectares of farmland remains under water with soya and cotton crops badly damaged.

The threat of floods in the Krishna basin which was so badly flooded in 2010 was lessened when authorities released around 80,000 cusecs of water released from the Almatti dam into the Jurala hydro power project, easing pressure on the dam and the river Krishna.

State elections have been postponed until the end of July due to the flooding in Andhra Pradesh

According to The Hindu:

The State Election Commission has decided to reschedule the dates for polling in the gram panchayats affected by heavy rains and floods in six districts across the State.

This was done in response to the reports sent by the Collectors of Adilabad, East Godavari, Karimnagar, Khammam, Nizamabad and Warangal where several villages were marooned and roads and communication network disrupted. Elections to these gram panchayats, numbering over 300, will now be held on July 31 as part of the third phase.

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Sources: The Hindu; Indian Express