saturday 20 november: At least 12 people were killed and 18 others went missing after three Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses were stranded in flooding triggered by heavy rains in Kadapa district on Friday, November 19.
Buses were stuck in the floodwaters in the villages of Mandpalle, Akepadu and Nandaluru. Passengers, as well as drivers and conductors, climbed onto the roofs of the buses. While some were rescued by local residents, 30 people were reportedly blown away.
Rescuers brought out more than a dozen bodies and were looking for missing people in the Rajampet area. Of these, three bodies were recovered from an RTC bus near Nandaluru, seven were found in Gundluru and three were removed from Rayavaram areas.
In addition, a breach in the Annamayya Project dyke also contributed to a flash flood in Cheyyeru Creek, leaving several villages along its course inundated.
About ten people stranded in the Chitravathi River in Anantapur district were airlifted by an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter. The helicopter was put into service after local authorities failed to rescue people trapped in the flood waters.
Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Revenue, firefighters and swimmers also participated in the rescue operations.
In the district of Kadapa, 33 relief camps were opened and more than 1,200 people were accommodated there.
According to reports, around 1,544 houses were damaged, 3.4 hectares of agricultural fields flooded and hundreds of cattle lost. The loss of public property in the affected districts is estimated at around Rs 8,206.57 lakh.
Finally, in another report released on Saturday morning, the heavy downpour resulted in the collapse of a building under construction in Kadiri town, Anantapur district, killing three people, including two children. The building fell on two terraced houses, leaving 15 people trapped under the rubble. Rescue work was underway to rescue those still trapped under the rubble, officials said.
Forecast for the weekend
Caused by a low pressure that crossed northern Tamil Nadu and the southern coasts of Andhra Pradesh between Puducherry and Chennai during the early hours of Friday, heavy rains hit the districts of Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa and Anantapur on Friday. , the Flood being the worst of these. neighborhoods have never witnessed.
Low-lying areas of these districts were inundated, while streams, streams, reservoirs and reservoirs overflowed. The massive downpour also crippled normal life, with authorities declaring a public holiday for all educational institutions in the affected districts.
Meanwhile, according to the latest report from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the aforementioned low has weakened into an area of low pressure, which extends over the southern interior of Karnataka and adjoins the northern interior of Tamil Nadu. and Rayalaseema.
It is expected to bring light to moderate precipitation in most places, and heavy rain in isolated places in Rayalaseema, Karnataka and northern Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal over the next 24 hours. Kerala, in particular, could be the scene of heavy isolated rains.
PM Modi talks to CM Jagan to access flood situation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by telephone with Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday and inquired about the situation in the state.
The CM explained the high intensity situation in the districts of Nellore, Anantapur, YSR Kadapa and Chittoor due to the heavy rains and the measures taken by the government, including the commissioning of Navy helicopters. The Prime Minister assured all the assistance to the State to deal with the situation.
Reddy also expressed his deep condolences to the families of those who lost their lives due to the heavy rains, and asked officials to provide them with compensation of Rs 5 lakh on the war footing.
In addition, teams have been formed to assess crop damage, and he added that crop counts will be carried out once the rains recede. The seeds will be provided at an 80% discount to rice farmers in Nellore district and groundnut farmers whose crops have been damaged by heavy rains in Chittoor, Anantapur and YSR Kadapa districts.
Meanwhile, the CM itself is due to conduct an aerial survey of the areas affected by the floods on Saturday.
(With entries from IANS)
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