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Death toll in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh floods crosses 250

PTI  Vijayawada/Bangalore, October 06, 2009
First Published: 19:33 IST(6/10/2009) | Last Updated: 19:57 IST(6/10/2009)

Over 25 villages were submerged in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday due to a 50-ft breach caused to the embankment of Krishna river as the toll in the state and in Karnataka due to unseasonal rains rose to 252.

The toll in northern and coastal Karnataka went up to 197 with rescue workers recovering three more bodies in Chikkaballapura and Uttara Kannada districts where a landslide triggered by the rains had occurred last week.

Officials said 2,81,315 houses have either collapsed or damaged and 1,469 villages have been affected. As many as 6,17,633 rain-hit people have been accommodated in 1,619 relief camps.

In Andhra Pradesh, the situation also showed signs of improvement but reports of flood-related deaths continued to pour in with the official toll standing at 55.

Over 15.75 lakh people continued to reel under the impact of floods that have submerged large areas of human habitation and caused severe damaged crops in the five districts of Kurnool, Mahabubnagar, Krishna, Guntur and Nalgonda.

A 50-ft breach caused to the embankment of Krishna river at Oleru near Penumudi in Guntur district became a major cause for concern as the flood water gushing through it left more than 25 villages inundated in Repalle and Bhattiprolu mandals.

Repalle town too is likely to get marooned by late night because of the heavy flood, according to state minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana.

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