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Weather Today Live: Main rail, road routes cut off in Andhra Pradesh, death toll climbs to 31

Weather Forecast Live News, India Weather Latest Updates: States in the southern peninsula continued to reel under the damages caused by heavy downpour in the past few days.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Kochi, New Delhi |
Updated: November 21, 2021 9:05:41 pm
Heavy downpour has left several rivers, canals and water bodies in Chittoor and Nellore districts overflowing. | Photo: CMO Andhra Pradesh

Rain in India Live News: The main rail and road routes in Andhra Pradesh, connecting the south and east, remained cut off as the Penna river in spate caused heavy destruction on Sunday.

Toll in rain-related incidents in different districts of the state touched 31 as more bodies were retrieved from the flooded streams, according to news angency PTI.

States in the southern peninsula continued to reel under the damages caused by heavy downpour in the past few days. At least 25 people died due to the rains in coastal Andhra, while 17 are reported missing, according to news agency PTI.

At least 17 Express trains were cancelled on the Chennai-Vijayawada grand trunk route as the flood overflowed on the railway track at Padugupadu. Three other trains were partially cancelled or diverted. Hundreds of passengers were stuck in the Nellore RTC bus station as bus services were disrupted.

In Kerala, due to the continuous rainfall in Pathanamthitta district, the pilgrimage to Pamba and Sabarimala was halted on Saturday. District Collector Divya S Iyer said in a statement that water levels were rising in Pamba river, and there were red alerts in both Kakki-Anathode reservoir and Pamba dam.

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India weather Update Live Updates: 17 Express trains cancelled in Chennai-Vijayawada route; Many dead or missing in Andhra Pradesh; Tamil Nadu battered by rains; Sabarimala pilgrimage suspended in Kerala. Follow live updates below:

14:17 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Andhra Pradesh floods: Rahul Gandhi asks Congress workers to extend all possible help

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday condoled the loss of lives in floods in Andhra Pradesh and urged party workers to extend all possible help to those affected.

"Floods have been causing serious damage in Andhra Pradesh. My condolence to those who've lost loved ones," Gandhi said on Twitter. "Dear Congress workers, please help in all ways possible," he also said. Floods have caused extensive damage in Andhra Pradesh. (PTI)

12:09 (IST)21 Nov 2021
Main rail, road routes cut off in AP due to heavy flood

The main rail and road routes in Andhra Pradesh, connecting the south and east, remained cut off as the Penna river in spate caused heavy destruction on Sunday.

The Chennai-Kolkata National Highway-16 had to be closed down for traffic in SPS Nellore district following a heavy breach of road at Padugupadu.

At least 17 Express trains were cancelled on the Chennai-Vijayawada grand trunk route as the flood overflowed on the railway track at Padugupadu. Three other trains were partially cancelled or diverted. (PTI)

19:02 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Andhra Pradesh rains: Death toll rises to 20, over 30 missing and 20,000 shifted to relief camps

Over 20,000 people have been evacuated and shifted to relief camps after the heavy rains wreaked havoc in southern Andhra Pradesh districts of Chittoor, Kadapa, Nellore and Anantapur. More than a hundred villages, most of them in Kadapa, are presently inundated. The death toll has risen to 20 and over 30 are still missing, according to government officials as reported by news agency ANI.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted an aerial survey of affected areas and reviewed the flood situation with the district collectors Saturday. Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the CM over phone and assured him of all help. Officials said the situation on ground was grim on Saturday as well. Read more

14:50 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Light to moderate rainfall likely in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Light to moderate rainfall at many places over Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu and Puducherry is expected during next two days and reduction thereafter. Isolated heavy rainfall is very likely over Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Kerala during next five days and over Coastal & South Interior Karnataka during next 2 days.

Sea Conditions will be Rough to Very Rough over Eastcentral Arabian Sea on 20th and 21st and then improve gradually thereafter. Fishermen have been advised by the IMD not to venture into these areas.

12:31 (IST)20 Nov 2021
J&K freezes as temperatures drop; Pahalgam is coldest

The minimum temperature in Jammu and Kashmir settled below the freezing point on Saturday, as Srinagar recorded minus 1.5 degrees Celsius -- down from minus 1.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday night, Pahalgam, the base camp for the Amarnath Yatra, recorded minus 4.3 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Gulmarg resort in Baramulla district recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.0 degrees Celsius.

The IMD has predicted fog and misty conditions for the next few days. Light snowfall is likely on November 24, it said. (PTI)

11:42 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Udaipur: Continuous rainfall causes drop in temperature, flight services affected

Incessant rains in Udaipur has brought normalcy to a halt; lakes are overflowing, and air travel services are either suspended or delayed. According to the India Meteorological Department, rainfall is expected in the city on Saturday, and the sky is likely to remain cloudy. The rainfall has also resulted in a drop in temperature in the city. Read more here

11:39 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Sabarimala pilgrimage suspended due to heavy rains

Due to the continuous rainfall in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, the pilgrimage to Pamba and Sabarimala has been halted. District Collector Divya S Iyer said in a statement that water levels were rising in Pamba river, and there were red alerts in both Kakki-Anathode reservoir and Pamba dam.

“In the wake of the continuous rainfall received in Pathanamthitta district, rising water levels in Pamba river and owing to the red alert status in both Kakki-Anathode reservoir (gates open) and Pamba dam, in order to ensure safety of pilgrims, it is hereby declared that the pilgrimage to Pamba and Sabarimala tomorrow (20-11-2021) is hereby prohibited,” the statement read. Read more here

11:34 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Delhi to witness cloudy skies, light rainfall, ‘very poor’ AQI on Saturday

Cloudy skies, the possibility of very light rainfall, and ‘very poor’ AQI are on the forecast for Delhi on Saturday. The air quality could improve and reach the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category on Saturday, followed by the ‘poor’ category on Sunday, according to the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi.

The AQI was in the ‘very poor’ category on Saturday morning as well. On November 22 and 23, the AQI could be between ‘poor’ to ‘moderate’, the forecast indicates. Wind speed continues to remain below 10 kmph, according to the forecast, and is therefore unfavourable for the dispersal of pollutants. Read more 

Andhra Pradesh rain alert, India Weather Today News Rescue team atop a bus search for missing passengers stuck in flood waters at Rajampet in Kadapa district, Friday, November 19, 2021. (PTI Photo)

IMD Weather Forecast:

The depression over Bay of Bengal crossed the coast between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh early on Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The system crossed the coast between Chennai and Puducherry.

Tamil Nadu has received 61 per cent excess rainfall during the ongoing northeast monsoon period starting October 1 till date, the state government said on Thursday, while rains continued to lash many parts of the state, especially the northern districts including Chennai.

There is an orange alert sounded for parts of Tamil Nadu, which may receive rainfall today.

Andhra Pradesh Rain Alert:

Meanwhile, the rains have wreaked havoc in coastal Andhra Pradesh, where at least 8 people are dead and 12 missing. The Indian Air Force has joined the State Disaster Relief Force and other local authorities in relief and rescue operations. People are being airlifted in places were there are flash floods.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday called Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on the phone and enquired about the situation and promised all help to the state. CM Reddy is expected to undertake an aerial survey of the flood-hit districts on Saturday.

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