Incessant rains disrupt normal life in Andhra, 12 killed so far

RainsA wall of a college building collapsed after heavy rainfall in Hyderabad. (PTI)

Heavy rains triggered by northeast monsoon and a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal lashed several parts of Andhra Pradesh for the fourth consecutive day on Friday, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people from low-lying areas.

According to official figures, 12 people have been killed in various rain-related incidents in the state and crops in 2.5 lakh hectares have suffered damages till on Thursday.

Low lying areas continued to remain under water in number of towns and villages, particularly in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.

Thousands evacuated from low lying areas

Hundreds of houses have been damaged due to the rainfall, rendering many people homeless.Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes and shifted to emergency relief camps.

"The situation is very grim as the entire delta area is completely inundated. Drains and tanks are overflowing and there is a threat of breaches occurring at some places because of the nonstop rain," Guntur district Collector S Suresh Kumar told PTI over phone.

In Guntur district, 36 relief camps have been opened for 11,000 people who were evacuated from rain-ravaged villages, he said.

In Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra, more than 45,000 persons have been shifted to relief camps as heavy rains continue to lash the district.

Six lift-irrigation scheme workers, who were stuck in flood at Chilakaluripet and Yedlapadu since yesterday, were rescued today with the help of National Disaster Response Force personnel, the collector said.

River Krishna in spate

River Krishna is in spate with a heavy inflow of floodwater.

Consequently, 70 crest gates were lifted at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada to discharge 1.18 lakh cusecs of water into the Bay of Bengal.

Several rivers including Vamsasadhara and Bahuda in north coastal Andhra and rivulets were in spate at many other places.

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