Rain continues to lash AP, 10 dead

Rain continues to lash AP, 10 dead

Train services stalled, more showers forecast

Rain continues to lash AP, 10 dead

For the past three days, Andhra Pradesh has been lashed by heavy rain that has claimed at least ten lives. 

More than 300 houses are fully damaged and 6,500 people have been shifted to 19 relief camps across the coast. State Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy told reporters that Secretariat teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed for rescue and relief work. 

The state’s agricultural fields have taken a blow, with about 2.5 lakh acres of paddy, cotton, red gram, tobacco and maize damaged, including thousands of acres of paddy in Cheedipalli, Visakhapatnam district. 

The APSRTC was forced to suspend bus services in West Godavari, with the inundation of a bus stand in Bhimavaram town. 

Life slowed to a crawl in the state capital, with many roads waterlogged. Areas including Khairatabad, Chintalbasti, Dilsukhnagar, Hayatnagar, Vanasthalipuram, L B Nagar, Secunderabad, Lakdikapul, Nampally and Abids were in knee-deep water. 

In Prakasam district, reports have that three students from Pulivagu in Komarolu mandal and two people at Giddalur got washed away.  

Meanwhile, main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has lambasted the state government for its inaction. 

“This government is obsessed with bifurcation. No one, including the governor, is concerned with the issues that have a bearing on the common man. Water bodies are overflowing and people are dying,” TDP legislator Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu said. 

The Met department warned that for two days, the state could witness heavy-to-very heavy rain in a few places. 

As tracks between Jhadupudi and Ichchapuram of the East Coast Railway remain waterlogged, several long-distance trains going towards and coming from Howrah are cancelled, with a few of them rescheduled or diverted. 

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