Four killed in AP in rain-related mishaps; cyclone weakens

Four persons were killed in the state on Thursday as rain continued to lash various parts of Andhra Pradesh under the influence of cyclone `Nilam.`

Hyderabad: Four persons were killed in the state on Thursday as rain continued to lash various parts of Andhra Pradesh under the influence of cyclone `Nilam.`

Three of the deaths were on account of electrocution, while another person was killed after a wall collapsed, in the districts of Prakasam, Nellore and Anantapur, officials said.

Incidents of house collapse and cattle loss were also reported.

`Nilam` crossed north Tamil Nadu coast near Mahabalipuram, south of Chennai, between 4 pm and 5 pm yesterday.

Contrary to fears, the cyclonic storm has not caused much damage so far. It weakened into a depression over Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh and lay centred near Chitradurga this morning, officials said, adding that it would move northwestwards and weaken further into a low pressure area during the next 12 hours.

Heavy rain occurred in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra districts today. Normal life was badly affected in the rain-hit districts as low-lying areas and important roads were inundated.

Standing paddy, banana and other crops were badly damaged at various places.

PTI

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