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The trough of low pressure weakened but the monsoon was "active'' in Telangana. Koida and Khammam recorded heavy rainfall of 9 cm each. The other chief amounts of rainfall during the period were: Bhongir and Medak 5 cm each, Suryapet, Jurala Project 4 cm, Chittoor, Medchal, Pargi 3 cm, Anakapalle, Narsipatanam, Tandur and a large number of other places 2 cm.
The rain has brought copious inflows into the Godavari, which, according to reports reaching the Godavari Lower Division of the Central Water Commission, rose to 17.6 ft at Bhadrachalam. A forecast says it would remain around that point for some days unless the tributaries bring in heavy inflows. The river is expected to lap the banks by the month-end, in time for the Pushkarams.
In sharp contrast, the situation at Sriramsagar remains grim with no inflows. At present, an inflow of 1 lakh cusecs is being received at Bhadrachalam with the Sabari, Indravathi, Pranahita and Penn Ganga pushing in light to moderate outflows. The Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowlaiswaram which is full, has released waters for kharif into all its three canals and, to cope with the surplus situation, is letting out about 90,000 cusecs into the sea.
After receiving inflows, the Vamsadhara has also opened its right and left bank canals for kharif. The inflow is about 500 cusecs, while the outgo through the left canal is 371 cusecs and the right canal 345 cusecs. The balance is being allowed into the river. The Krishna river, however, still presents a gloomy picture with major projects like the Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar reporting no gains till date. Whatever inflow is being received by the river is being absorbed by Alamatti. Similar is the fate of Somasila and Kandaleru.
In view of this, the opening of the canal for ayacuts under the right and left canals of Nagarjunasagar and the network serving the Krishna delta under the Prakasam barrage has been indefinitely postponed.
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