Toll mounts to 25, low pressure to bring more rains to AP

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Hyderabad, Oct 31 (UNI) The death toll in rain-related incidents in Andhra Pradesh rose to 25, even as weathermen predicted more rains to the battered state with a low pressure area over West central Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal Andhra Pradesh persisting.

Under the influence of the system in the bay, fairly widespread rainfall was likely over Andhra Pradesh during the next 24 hours according to the Indian Meteorological Department.

The worst-hit Nellore district accounted for a maximum of 17 deaths, followed by Kadapa with seven deaths, Disaster Management Department officials here said. More than 60,000 people were shifted to relief camps as over 4,000 houses were either partially or fully damaged following the rains. As many as 386 minor irrigation tanks and 23 medium irrigation tanks were also damaged.

Roads to a distance of 1,373 km were damaged in the districts of Nellore, Prakasam, Chittoor and Kadapa, they added.

Agricultural crops in an area of 17,330 hectares and horticultural crops in 764 hectares were inundated in Nellore and Kadapa districts. Crop damage would be assessed only after the water receded, the officials added.

''Yesterday's well marked low pressure over the West central Bay off Coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas persists as low pressure area. An associated upper air cyclonic circulation was extending up to mid tropospheric levels,'' IMD officials here said, adding that ''isolated heavy rain is likely to occur over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana during the next 24 hours''.

Moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers were likely to occur at most places in the districts of Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur and Krishna of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, at many places over Telangana and in the remaining districts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 48 hours. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers were likely to occur at a few places over Rayalaseema.

Northeast monsoon had been active over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh. Rain occurred at most places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and at many places over Telangana. Weather had been mainly dry over Rayalaseema.

Ichapuram and Kalwakurthy recorded heavy rainfall of 11 and 10 cm respectively.

The other chief amounts of rainfall recorded in cm were Devarakonda 6, Kandukur 5, Kalingapatnam, Machilipatnam, Narsapur, Achampet, Macherla, Mandasa and Sompeta 4 each.

UNI

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