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Rain in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana wreaks havoc; Hyderabad swamped; death toll rising fast

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Fri September 23 2016, 4:29 pm
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    Rain in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana: Widespread rain across the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has wreaked havoc with a number of people killed and tens of thousands left stranded by rising waters. The capital city of Hyderabad too has been swamped as the drainage has not proved to be adequate to the task and authorities have scrambled to implement solutions to bring the gridlocked city back to normalcy. Authorities are on 'high alert' to tackle major emergencies as and when they happen. Rail and road transport services have been disrupted due to widespread flooding. (Image Source : Indianews Twitter)

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    Rain in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana: As many as 5 people were today killed in in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh with as many as 3 persons being washed away in the Kuppaganji rivulet near Chilakaluripet and one was killed by lightning in Brahmanapalli village and another by a falling tree. The death toll is expected to rise and the same is happening to the list of injured. (Image Source: Sakshi Post Twitter)

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    Rain in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana: Rescue-and-relief operations in the flood-hit areas are on and the govt has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. (Image Source: SkymetWeather Twitter)

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    Rain in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana: However, there is no relief for the people on the horizon as the Indian Met Department (IMD) is predicting more rain in the region. This forecast was for the next 48 hours. The authorities are therefore, looking to move those living in low-lying areas to safer ground. (Image Source: Telangana.in Twitter)

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    Rain in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana: The very heavy rainfall that has hit Andhra Pradesh and telangana is the result of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal. It has forced authorities to deploy the NDRF for rescue and relief operation. (Image Source: IANS)

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    Indian Railways has cancelled quite a few trains on Nadikudi-Guntur section, while express trains from Secunderabad, which pass through Guntur have been diverted as the rail tracks near Piduguralla were inundated. On the roads, as many as 40 passengers of an APSRTC bus were rescued by the locals after it got stuck on the causeway at Krosuru. (Image Source: AP)

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    Downstream of Nagarjuna Sagar, K L Rao Sagar Project has received heavy inflows from the catchment areas of Telangana. The authorities are allowing it to fill up to 30 tmc ft and then start releasing excess water via Prakasam Barrage into the sea. (Image Source: PTI)

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    On the other hand, the situation is grim as Munneru rivulet is in spate and the problem for the authorities is that the Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada is already full. This has forced them to discharge 10,000 to 20,000 cusec of water into the sea. (Image Source: PTI)

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    Guntur district rivulets too have turned into raging rivers and its overflowing waters have entered housing colonies in Sattenapalli town. Guntur district areas like Medikonduru, Sattenapalli, Narsaraopet, Nakarikallu, and Muppalla have received 10 to 22 cm of rainfall. (Image Source: PTI)

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    The government is seized of the seriousness of the situation with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directing the officials to keep two helicopters ready to fly to any part of the state for emergency operations. The CM has also ordered authorities in Kurnool, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna and East Godavari districts to stay alert. On his part, Deputy Chief Minister (Home and Disaster Management) N China Rajappa and Agriculture Minister P Pulla Rao have gone to Guntur to oversee the rescue and relief work. Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao is also in the countryside directing rescue and relief operations. (Image Source: PTI)

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    For those who have been left stranded or have been rescued but have nowhere to go at the moment, the government has started seven relief camps at Narsaraopet, Sattenapalli, Medikonduru, Phirangipuram, Vatticherukuru, and Rajupalem. (Image Source: Telangana Twitter)

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    Among the other roads that have become unmotorable are in Sattenapalli, Narsaraopet and Pidiguralla. Road transport from Guntur to Hyderabad via Piduguralla too remained cut off. In coastal Machilipatnam, an APSRTC bus station was flooded disrupting services. (Image Source: Kavitha Rao Twitter)

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    Rain in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana: A man tries to cross a waterlogged street in Hyderabad following heavy downpour on Thursday. (PTI)

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