Three killed, low pressure to bring more rains

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Hyderabad, Feb 12 (UNI) Three people were killed, while two others were reported missing as heavy rains under the influence of a trough of low pressure battered various parts of Andhra Pradesh today.

The Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) predicted isolated heavy rains over Coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 24 hours.

The three deaths were reported from the worst-hit Prakasam district, where crops in 53,884 hectares were damaged, Disaster Management Department sources said.

The two persons were missing as a rivulet was in spate in Prakasam district, they added.

Reviewing the situation, the state government had alerted the coastal district administrations with the weathermen predicting more rains in the next 48 hours.

In Prakasam district, the authorities had shifted over 12,000 people to six relief camps. In Guntur district, crops in 24,722 hectares were damaged, while crops in 8,127 hectares were affected in Srikakulam district.

Two relief camps were opened in Visakhapatnam district, the sources said.

Moderate to heavy rain or thundershowers were likely at many places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the next 48 hours. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers were likely at a few places over Rayalaseema, according to IMD officials.

Seetharamapuram recorded a heavy rainfall of 16 cm followed by Vinjamur 10 cm, Ongole, Badvel seven each, Kandukur six and Medak, Gajapathinagaram, Salur, Koderu and Madnoor three each.

The lowest minimum temperature of 16 degrees Celsius was recorded at Khammam.

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