Hyderabad, Oct 26: Hundreds of villages across Andhra Pradesh remained submerged while road and rail was disrupted by the rain fury which continued to unleash misery for the fifth day on Saturday, leaving 30 people dead.
River Krishna was in spate after which 3.15 lakh cusecs of water was being discharged into Bay of Bengal from Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada.
Floodwater from Peddacheruvu at Kattangur in Nalgonda was overflowing on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad National Highway due to which vehicular traffic was diverted at Suryapet towards Bhuvanagiri and Khammam. Railway track at Bommayipalli on the Secunderabad-Guntur section was damaged and repairs were being carried out.
All important trains on this route are being diverted via Warangal and Vijayawada, official sources said.
Roads in different districts along a stretch of 900 kilometers were totally battered due to heavy rains in the last five days, throwing traffic out of gear. As many as 117 minor irrigation tanks were damaged in the rain-ravaged districts while tens of village tanks suffered breaches inundating villages and crops.
Local authorities fear that death toll may rise
The East Coast Railway has cancelled Bhubaneswar-Bengaluru Prasanthi Express and Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam Express trains due to heavy rains.
The Puri-Tirupati Express and Coromandel Express were also cancelled, the sources said. Officials in Disaster Management Department here said the 135 relief camps opened in seven districts were continuing where about 68,000 persons had been evacuated from their homes.
Twelve teams of National Disaster Response Force are carrying out relief operations in Srikakulam, Guntur, Nalgonda, Prakasam, Mahbubnagar and West Godavari districts, the sources added.
Roads remained submerged under water as rains continued to lash many parts of the state on the fifth day.
Rain water entered the homes of many people leaving them clueless. Low lying areas were the worst affected.
Even the famous Banjara Colony was not spared. Rain water entered many homes and people looked for an alternate shelter.
MLA Sudheer Reddy inspects the area in Hayat Nagar. The area was completely inundated and transport services were hit.
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In this picture, a woman is seen throwing water out of her house. Several villages were inundated and normal life came to a standstill.
Local authorities inspect the damage caused by the rains in Vizag. Over 70,000 people in the state have been evacuated.
This was a common sight in many parts of the state as the rains continued on day 5. Transport was affected severely.
The rains, an impact of Cyclone Phailin even hampered the rescue efforts that was going on after the cyclone had struck the state.
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The rains damaged crops in 4.34 lakh hectares. 70,000 people have been moved to relief camps, while the death toll rose to 26.
The Chief Minister's office said that the lake may cross the danger mark if there were more rains.
Fishermen were asked to stay away from the sea as rain continued to wreak havoc in the state.
Many commercial establishments and other business entities remained closed thanks to the heavy downpour.
The Met department has said that the state may expect heavy to very heavy rains in the next 48 hours.
Local authorities worry that the embankments and tanks may cross the danger level due to the rains.