What has caused these floods?

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Hyderabad, Bangalore:  Andhra Pradesh claims that it has been flooded after Northern Karnataka opened the floodgates of its Almatti and Narayanpur dams. These dams were near their holding capacity after torrential rainfall earlier this week.

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When water was released from Karnataka's dams, it caused the  Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers to overflow. This water has been flowing into Andhra and is putting 3 major dams (Srisailam Dam, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Prakasam Barrage) under pressure. Of special concern is the Srisailam dam which is designed to generate power and not hold water. 

The Tungabhadra and Krishna flow from Karnataka into Andhra Pradesh, passing through Kurnool and Mahbubnagar districts, which are the worst flood-hit areas in the state.

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