15 killed in two days as heavy rains lash Andhra Pradesh

Last Updated: Thursday, October 1, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 20:51

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