Rains dis­rupt road con­nec­tiv­ity, in­un­date low-ly­ing ar­eas in Andhra

13 farmhands ma­rooned in flood, res­cued later; buses get stuck in over­flow­ing streams

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU/SOUTH - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @Kurnool/Kadapa/Anan­ta­pur/Tiru­pati

HEAVY rains con­tinue to lash Kurnool, Anan­ta­pur, Kadapa and Chit­toor dis­tricts dis­rupt­ing nor­mal life. Road con­nec­tiv­ity in sev­eral ar­eas of the Ray­alaseema re­gion is in dis­or­der and over­flow­ing streams have in­un­dated sev­eral low-ly­ing ar­eas in the dis­tricts.

A bus en route to Ben­galuru from Mantralayam in Kurnool district got stuck in the mid­dle of a bridge over an over­flow­ing stream in Chin­nahuthi vil­lage. Af­ter three hours of ef­forts, the bus fi­nally made it to the other end of the bridge safely.

Sim­i­larly, an APSRTC bus got stuck on the cause­way near Bahudha river at Bestapalle in T Sundu­palle man­dal of Kadapa district. The driver had to halt the bus when its front tires got bogged down in the flood wa­ters. The 15 pas­sen­gers on­board the ve­hi­cle cried for help when it stopped with a jerk in the mid­dle of the bridge.

Construction work­ers en­gaged in the re­pair works of the bridge im­me­di­ately rushed to the spot and with help of a trac­tor pulled the bus and its pas­sen­gers to safety.

Mean­while, 13 farmhands in­clud­ing 8 women in Gan­ge­na­halli vil­lage of Gone­gandla man­dal got ma­rooned in flood water with nearby streams over­flow­ing and sur­round­ing the area while they were re­turn­ing home from their fields. On be­ing alerted, po­lice rushed to the lo­ca­tion and af­ter much ef­fort, res­cued them all us­ing rafts. They were all shifted to safer places.

The sit­u­a­tion is no dif­fer­ent in Anan­ta­pur district, where low-ly­ing ar­eas have been sub­merged. Anumpalle and Nem­mala­palle tanks in Pamidi man­dal have breached and water en­tered nearby vil­lages, forc­ing peo­ple to va­cate the places in a hurry.

The el­derly were seen be­ing car­ried away on cots by the youth of the vil­lage. Ropes were used to en­sure that no one got washed away in the flood wa­ters.

Around 110 fam­i­lies have been tem­po­rar­ily moved to govern­ment schools and shadi khanas. With flood and rain water erod­ing the bunds of the rail­way tracks in Pamidi, traf­fic between Gun­takal and Anan­ta­pur was stopped in the morn­ing and di­verted in the evening.

Anan­ta­pur MP JC Di­wakar Reddy, Gun­takal MLA Ji­ten­der Goud and in­charge Col­lec­tor T K Ra­ma­mani vis­ited flood-af­fected ar­eas and su­per­vised res­cue and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts.

Mean­while A brief spell of heavy rain in Vijayawada threw ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic in the city into chaos.

Sev­eral roads got in­un­dated with rain­wa­ter. The rest of the state was rel­a­tively dry. Weather­men pre­dict more rains in the next three days in Ray­alaseema re­gion and parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Sri­sailam Reser­voir on Thurs­day got filled to the brim at­tain­ing a water level of 884.6 feet against the Full Reser­voir Level of 885 feet. With co­pi­ous in­flows con­tin­u­ing from both Ju­rala and Sunke­sula, dam au­thor­i­ties have lifted two crest gates of spill­way 10 feet high to let out water at the dis­charge rate of 55,782 cusecs down­stream of the river.

Min­is­ter for Water Re­sources Devi­neni Umama­h­eswara Rao along with se­nior of­fi­cials of the depart­ment per­formed puja at the dam be­fore lift­ing the crest gates to re­lease the water down the spill­way. The water will reach Na­gar­ju­nasagar project.

More rains are pre­dicted in the next three days in Ray­alaseema re­gion and parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh Weather­men

EX­PRESS

A 67-year-old wo­man, J Saraswati, be­ing shifted to a safer place af­ter her house was par­tially ma­rooned as the Anam­palli and Ne­mal­la­palli lakes were breached fol­low­ing heavy rains in Anan­ta­pur district on Thurs­day |

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