5 killed in rain-related incidents in Andhra Pradesh

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Vijayawada, Sep 22: Five persons were today killed in separate rain-related incidents in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.

Three persons were washed away in the Kuppaganji rivulet near Chilakaluripet, while another was rescued by the villagers.

5 killed in rain-related incidents in AP

One person was killed in a lightning strike at Brahmanapalli village near Piduguralla, while another was killed when an uprooted tree fell on him.

Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, who also holds the Home and Disaster Management portfolios and who has been touring Chilakaluripet to oversee the rescue-and-relief operations in the flood-hit areas, announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

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As there was a forecast of more rain in the next couple of days, people living in the low-lying areas were being evacuated to safer places, the deputy chief minister said.

He has directed the officials to be on a "high alert" to tackle any eventuality.


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