Death rains from skies; over 89 dead
Heavy showers pound various parts of the country taking 89 lives, and leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 03:22 IST
Rains continued to pound various parts of the country on Sunday, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.
Torrential rain left Mumbai crippled again while 15 people died in various parts of the state. Five people were killed when a wall collapsed in Nanded district while 10 died in western Vidharbha, officials said. At least 18,000 people were evacuated from Nanded district as the army and five helicopters were deployed for relief operations.
Inundated streets led to long traffic snarls in the state capital. Even the suburban train network was disrupted due to rains. In Buldhana district, the IAF carried out a dramatic rescue, pulling out 11 of the 13 people trapped in a bus sinking in swelling rain water.
The death toll rose to 62 in coastal and Telengana region. Visakhapatnam accounted for the maximum of 14 deaths, followed by Vizianagaram (11), Khammam (8) and East Godavari (6). There were four deaths each in Nizamabad and Warangal. Few casualties were also reported in West Godavari, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Guntur, Nalgonda, Krishna and Medak districts, sources said.
The Godavari river in Bhadrachalam had risen to 63.3 feet prompting the authorities to shift about 14,000 families to 113 relief camps set up near the temple town.
Flash floods hit normal life in coastal Orissa. Twelve people died in rain-related incidents till Sunday afternoon. In the worst-hit Balasore district, at least 20,000 people from more than 40 villages were evacuated.
With agency inputs