India: Andhra Pradesh Flood 2005 situation report, 21Sep 2005

Report
from UN Development Programme
Published on 21 Sep 2005


NATURE OF HAZARD: FLOODS
The development of cyclonic storm over Bay of Bengal had caused a deep depression over south Chhattisgarh and adjoining Andhra Pradesh on 20th September 2005. Under the influence of deep depression widespread rainfall occurred over south Chhattisgarh, north Coastal Andhra Pradesh including Telangana(1) region. Squally winds speed reaching upto 45-50 kmph along and off north Andhra coast was experienced at Kalingapatnam as the deep depression weakened affecting Khammam, East Godavari, & west Godavari and Krishna districts in Andhra Pradesh. The belt of heavy rainfall has subsequently shifted westwards as per today’s weather forecast.

Rest of India

Orissa

- River Mahanadi , Rushikuluya and Vamsadhara were flowing at warning levels.

- The Tributaries of Godavari: Saberi and Sileru were on the rise.

- 7 villages in Malkangiri district were affected

Chhattisgarh

- The movement of deep depression over Jagdalpur affected 3 districts (Dantewara, Bastar & Kanker)

- River Indravati in Bastar district was flowing at danger level

- River Sabari in Dantewara district overflowed inundating 5 villages in Vijayapur and Konta teshil (sub-divisions)

Maharashtra

- Forecast as per IMD reports that the cyclonic circulation lays overcast in Vidarbha region

- The Deep depression track movement in a west- northwesterly direction

- Expected to caused heavy rainfall over Vidarbha(2) and Marathwada(3) region is reported

- As per forecast reports Yesterday’s Depression has moved northwestwards and lay centered close to Chandrapur in Maharashtra. The depression system is likely to move in northwesterly direction and weaken gradually.

Forecast: Under its influence widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places is likely over Telangana, Maharashtra and over southwest Madhya Pradesh and south Gujarat region subsequently during next 24 hours.

DAMAGE DETAILS

Andhra Pradesh

River Godavari is reported to have excessive water flow from tributaries: Indravati (from Chhattisgarh) River Sabari & Seluri (from Orissa). The river at Bhadrachalam has been flowing at warning level of 49.32 m and at Kunavaram is flowing at 42.24 m. 72 villages were reported marooned in Districts Khammam (12) East Godavari (30) West Godavari( 30) . The death toll has risen to 27 while 4 deaths have been reported from Khamman district. Reports state that tanks embankments (water reservoirs) were breached. Loss of 10, 000 livestock was reported.

Long distance trains, including all the express trains bound for north coastal parts of the State, were cancelled and diverted on Tuesday due to breaches on rail tracks between Garla and Gundarathimadugu and overflowing water between Chintakani and Bonakallu on the Kazipet-Vijayawada and at Gollaprolu on Rajahmundry-Visakhapatnam sections. Water logging was reported in several localities in Vijayawada city. Sections of NH - 9, which connects the main towns of Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam to Chennai and Kolkata were inundated.

Khammam district road and rail communication was disrupted. The water level in Lankasagar project touched the FRL of 16 feet. Highest rainfall of 486 mm was recorded in Kunavaram during the past 24 hours. Nine mandals -- Karepalli, Mulkalpalli, Julurpadu, Enkoor, Chintoor, Singareni and Chandrugonda received abut 30 cms of rainfall. About 60,000 cusecs was released from Taliperu project by lifting 12 of the 24 gates. The Bayyaram tank, another medium irrigation project was overflowing posing threat to the villages down stream. The Kinnerasani project is close to its full reservoir level of 487 feet and 12 of the 13 gates were lifted letting out about 75,000 cusecs. The Wyra River was in spate touching the spans of the road bridge.

ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES

- The district administration evacuated 36, 000 people from the 315 affected villages of districts Khammam (110), East Godavari (105), West Godavari (100). The entire town of Kunavaram- close to the confluence point of Godavari and Sabari was evacuated. In all 117 families were evacuated from Bhupatiraopet, Kothagudem Town in Pinapaka mandal. As Kothagudem town was surrounded by the floodwater of Murreduvagu and Godumavagu streams. 70 families from Vaddigudem village in Vararamachandrapuram mandal were shifted to relief camps Residents from the lowl-ying areas of Shilpinagar in Bhadrachalam town were shifted to relief camp. About 400 families were moved from Mualimadugu village in Wyra mandal.

- 145 relief camps ( Khammam -45, East Godavari- 30, West Godavari -70)

- The District Collector, of Khammam has made provisions to cope with the situation. The officials of district administration are monitoring the situation.

CHANNEL FOR DELIVERY AND CONTACT DETAILS


Source:

- National Disaster Management Division MHA,
- Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)
- Central Water Commission (CWC)

Footnotes

(1) Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh includes the northwestern interior districts of Khammam, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Rangareddi, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Medak, and the state capital, Hyderabad. The region lies on the Deccan plateau to the west of the Eastern Ghats range. The Krishna and Godavari rivers flow through the region from west to east.

(2) Vidarbha is the north-eastern region of Maharashtra state, now forming two divisions (Nagpur and Amravati).

(3) Marathwada region corresponds to Maharashtra's Aurangabad Division.

For Further Information

G Padmanabhan
Emergency Analyst, UNDP
E-mail: g.padmanabhan@undp.org, Mobile: 91 – 98104 02937
http://www.undp.org.in/dmweb/
Commissioner (DM) to Govt. of AP,
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