Heavy rains paralyse normal life in Andhra Pradesh; NDRF pressed into service

With Munneru rivulet also in spate, the Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada is full to the brim.

By: PTI | Vijayawada | Published:September 22, 2016 10:03 pm
Guntur rains, Andhra rains, Andhra Pradesh rains, andhra pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, news, latest news, Andhra pradesh news, India news, national news This is the second time in less than a fortnight that Palnadu have witnessed very heavy downpour of up to 22.8 cm which threw normal life out of gear. (source: Google Maps)

Very heavy rainfall under the influence of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal have left Palnadu region in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh battered and rail and road transport disrupted due to flooding, while NDRF have been deployed for rescue and relief operation. This is the second time in less than a fortnight that Palnadu have witnessed very heavy downpour of up to 22.8 cm which threw normal life out of gear.

Many passenger trains were cancelled on Nadikudi-Guntur section, while express trains from Secunderabad, which normally pass through Guntur, have been diverted as the rail tracks near Piduguralla were inundated. Three teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the Palnadu region for rescue and relief operations even as the weather forecast said rains are likely to continue till Friday.

About 40 passengers of an APSRTC bus were rescued after it was stuck midstream on a causeway at Krosuru and flood water gushed in from Utukuru rivulet. Locals used ropes to rescue the stranded passengers. The K L Rao Sagar Project, downstream Nagarjuna Sagar, has been receiving heavy water inflows due to downpour in the catchment areas of neighbouring Telangana.

It is currently holding over 25 tmc ft of water and the government has decided to fill it up to 30 tmc ft and release excess water into the sea through Prakasam Barrage. With Munneru rivulet also in spate, the Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada is full to the brim.

Accordingly, Krishna district authorities have started discharging 10,000 to 20,000 cusec of water from the barrage into the sea. Rivulets in Guntur district are in spate, inundating housing colonies in Sattenapalli town and nearby villages. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the situation from the Command and Control Centre here and directed the officials to keep two copters ready for emergency operations.

Deputy Chief Minister (Home and Disaster Management) N China Rajappa and Agriculture Minister P Pulla Rao were rushed to Guntur district to oversee the rescue and relief operations.