Andhra Pradesh flood toll touches 50
Torrential rains ravaged large areas of eastern and southern India.india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 16:20 IST
Torrential rains and flooding ravaged large areas of eastern and southern India on Saturday, with troops airlifting supplies and evacuating thousands of people to higher ground, officials said.
The death toll from days of monsoon storms rose to 50 in Andhra Pradesh, with 10 people feared dead after being buried by a landslide in the village of Kodipunjavalasa, 590 km northeast of Hyderabad.
Three people died in Hyderabad as their houses collapsed early on Saturday. Over 700 villages were reported to be under water, and three provincial airports had been closed.
Helicopters were searching for 60 fishermen who went to sea on Wednesday despite being warned of expected strong winds.
Debabratha Kanta, the state's disaster management commissioner, said that more than 100,000 had been made homeless.
In Orissa, on the eastern seaboard, heavy rains continued for a fifth day, during which 36 people have been killed by flash floods and lightning strikes, officials said.
Rivers across the region were at or nearing danger levels, and road and rail networks along the east coast were badly hit with heavy downpours expected for at least another 24 hours.
In Chhattisgarh, troops flew food to more than 100,000 tribal people cut off by rising water levels. Over 6,000 people were airlifted to safety in the state's Dantewada district, badly hit by a Maoist insurgency.
Sixty villages in the district were totally submerged with people reported to have climbed on to roof tops.
"Nearly 100,000 people in Dantewada have been affected," an official said. "Marooned people have not received any food and drinking water for past three days."