Printed on Mon Aug 15 2022 3:22:25 AM

Rainfall and flooding in Andhra Pradesh killed at least 17

International Desk
Rainfall and flooding
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, killing at least 17 people and leaving hundreds more missing. Hundreds of pilgrims are stranded at various temples in Tirupati, a city famous for its temples.

According to state administration sources, 8 people have died and 12 are missing in Karapa district alone. The meteorological department had warned of heavy rains in three districts of the state's Rayalaseema region and one coastal district since Friday due to low pressure over the Bay of Bengal.

According to the forecast, heavy rains started in Karapa and Anantapur districts from Friday morning, causing Harappa floods. Hundreds of people have gone missing as a result. Road communication in Karapa and Anantapur districts has been disrupted due to the rising water level of the Cheyyeru river.

According to local sources, the Tirumala temple was submerged and many devotees were stranded there. The temple authorities are arranging their meal.

The road from Alipiri to Tirumala collapsed due to landslides. The worst situation is in Kadapa district. The state's disaster management and fire service personnel as well as the Indian Air Force have been deployed in the rescue operation in the district.

According to administration sources, a government bus carrying passengers has swept away in Harappa forest in Karapa district. Most of the passengers were rescued but 12 were reported missing. On the other hand, 30 people have been swept away in Manda palli, Akeparu, and Nandalluru of Rajampet, according to local administration sources.

Roads and railways from Tirupati to Karapa were damaged and vehicles and trains were stopped.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy over the phone about the flood situation. He assured all kinds of cooperation. The Chief Minister will visit the flood-hit areas on Saturday.

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