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Crest gates of Srisailam dam opened

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati(AP) 

For the first time this season, four crest gates of Srisailam dam across river Krishna have been opened on Friday as water level in the reservoir almost reached the brim.

Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Minister P Anil Kumar Yadav, Telangana ministers V Srinivas Goud and Niranjan Reddy conducted pooja at the dam in the evening to discharge over two lakh cusecs of water into Nagarjuna Sagar dam downstream.

As flood flow continued from upstream reservoirs like Almatti, Narayanpur and Jurala, over 3,16,986 cusecs of water reached Srisailam, taking the level to 880 ft, just short of the FRL of 885 ft.

Srisailam is now holding 192.97 tmc ft of water, with a discharge of 2.09 lakh cusecs.

Nagarjuna Sagar now has 144 tmc ft of water in store, with an inflow of 1.77 lakh cusecs that is set to increase substantially by Saturday.

Meanwhile, the flood flow in river Godavari remained steady with inflow into Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram dropping to 10.69 lakh cusecs.

However, as the Barrage storage capacity remained full, over 14.69 lakh cusecs was being let out into the sea.

The water level at Polavaram project site remained at 29 meters.

NDRF and SDRF teams were in place as tens of villages remained marooned or inundated in West and East Godavari districts.

On the other side, the flood threat in rivers Nagavali and Vamsadhara in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts completely subsided with water level gradually receding.

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First Published: Fri, August 09 2019. 20:30 IST