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Projects across Godavari full

Special Correspondent

Rosaiah tells Collectors to take precautions to prevent loss of life and property

– Photo: MOHD ARIF

In spate: Children enjoy as water gushes from Singur project in Medak on Tuesday.

HYDERABAD: Major projects existing across the Godavari river and its tributary Manjira in the State too got filled to the maximum level on Tuesday as a result of heavy inflows coming from the catchment areas in Maharashtra.

Disaster Management Commissioner T. Radha said nine persons died in West Godavari, East Godavari, Guntur, Mahabubnagar, Adilabad and Visakhapatnam districts, due to drowning, collapse of wall or house, and lighting.

The projects whose reservoirs are full are Sriramsagar, Kaddem, Manjira, Nizamsagar and Singur, all in the Telangana region.

Sriramsagar surplussed on Tuesday, belying fears that it would go dry because of construction of Babli and 11 other barrages by Maharashtra. Twenty three out of its 42 crest-gates were opened to let out over one lakh cusecs of water from its reservoir.

Sriramsagar serves an ayacut of nearly 10 lakh acres, Nizamsagar about two lakh acres and Kaddem 68,000 acres. Full storages in Singur dam and Manjira Barrage is going to a boon to Hyderabad and its neighbourhood as they are the city's principal sources of drinking water. They together have nearly 35 tmcft of water now.

Reservoirs of the dams across the Krishna river are already full except Nagarjunasagar which is also fast filling up. The level in Nagarjunasagar has gone up to 576 ft level--24 ft short of its full level.

Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, who reviewed the flood situation with officials, asked Collectors of East Godavari and West Godavari to be alert and take precautions to prevent loss of life and property.

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