Rains disrupt road connectivity, inundate low-lying areas in Andhra
13 farmhands marooned in flood, rescued later; buses get stuck in overflowing streams
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
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 |