15 killed in two days as heavy rains lash Andhra Pradesh
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 20:51
Hyderabad: Heavy rains lashing Andhra Pradesh for the last two days have claimed 15 lives, state Revenue Minister D Prasada Rao said here on Thursday.

Of the 15 deaths, seven were reported from Mahabubnagar district alone, while eight people died in other districts, Rao said.

Relief measures have been initiated on war-footing, he said.

Normal life was badly affected as the rain water inundated low-lying areas in residential areas of Mahabubnagar, Kurnool and other districts and set off flash floods in the rivulets.

Relief camps have been set up in Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts. Financial assistance would be provided to the families of the deceased, Rao said.

The district Collectors have been put on alert in view of the downpour due to forming of low-pressure area in Bay of Bengal, he said.

The Met office has forecast heavy to very heavy rains in the coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari and also a few places in Telangana and Rayalaseema regions in the next 24 hours.

Mahbubnagar was one of the worst-hit districts where 176 tanks got breached as it received very heavy rain at various places.

Uppunuthala mandal in the district received 32 cms of rain followed by Atchampet (27 cms), Kollapur (24 cms), Wanaparthy (22 cms).

Kurnool recorded 19 cms of rain, Aluru 18 cms, Mantralayam, Atmakuru, Alampur and Yemmiganuru 17 cms each, Nagarkurnool 15 cms, Tiruvuru 13, Kalwakurthy 12, Srisailam and Nuzividu 11 cms each and Dummugudem 10 cms up to 3 pm today.

The Kurnool district administration organised 27 relief camps where 40,750 people were provided temporary shelter, according to district Collector Mukesh Kumar Meena. Over 12,340 houses were damaged in the district due to incessant rains.

With over eight lakh cusecs of water gushing in, irrigation authorities lifted 10 crest gates of the Srisailam dam to let out excess water downstream. The same flow is expected to continue for two more days and hence more water will be let out, Chief Minister K Rosaiah said.

The Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir has capacity to hold another 120 tmc ft of water but with more flood water coming in from Srisailam reservoir, two gates have been opened at Nagarjuna Sagar to discharge water into Bay of Bengal through the Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada.

Krishna district Collector Peeyush Kumar has been directed to be on alert as the excess discharge at Prakasam Barrage could inundate low-lying areas along river Krishna in Vijayawada.

The Chief Minister has asked the authorities concerned to take effective steps to ensure that the river bunds are not breached.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 20:51

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