Heavy rain claims 16 lives in AP

 
Rivers and streams are overflowing, tanks have breached their bunds, low-lying areas have been flooded and hundreds of families have been affected. Huge areas under crops have been damaged and telecommunication and road transport services have been badly affected.

While 14 students were caught in the flooded Dundhubi stream in Mahbubnagar and rescue efforts are on, at least 20 trucks are stranded between Gutti and Guntakal in Anantapur district as the road has been wiped out by the floods. In Kurnool, a Tamil Nadu bus with 50 passengers was caught in the swirling waters of Guru Raghavendra Project. The bus was going from Mantralayam to Adoni. All the passengers were taken to safety with the help of villagers.

The most affected are the districts of Mahbubnagar and Kurnool as all the tributaries of Krishna, Tungabhadra and Penna are flooded. Heavy inflows have breached at least 10 tanks in Mahbubnagar, while the low-lying areas of Kurnool town have rendered hundreds of families homeless. The district administration has opened 21 relief camps in the town. At least 12,000 people are affected, according to the administration.

The state has been receiving heavy rains due to a low pressure over Bay of Bengal since Wednesday. The Met department has forecast heavy rains in the next 24 hours.

Several villages in Mahabubnagar and Kurnool districts were inundated as rivulets, streams and tanks were overflowing. Officials said at least 10 tanks in Mahabubnagar district had breached their banks. Every major reservoir has received heavy inflows necessitating opening of gates of the Jurala, Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar dams to let off the excess waters.

Two people drowned in a rivulet in Alwayanpalli village near Jadcherla town in Mahabubnagar district. Three others were washed away in two other places in the district, while one person died due to lightning in Karimnagar district, according to officials here. An Indian Air Force helicopter on Wednesday rescued five students caught in the flooded Dundhubi stream in Mahabubnagar district. On Thursday, 14 students who wanted to see the sights of fast flowing stream  were stranded in the middle of the same stream. Chief Minister K Rosaiah has requested the Army to rescue them.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah who reviewed the flood situation held a high-level meeting here on Thursday. He directed officials to remain alert since heavy rains are predicted in the next 48 hours, especially in the coastal Andhra and Telangana regions.

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