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Five killed as heavy rains lash Andhra Pradesh

The incessant rains under the influence of a low-pressure area over Bay of Bengal, have triggered the floods.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 16:09 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

At least five people were killed and dozens of villages inundated as heavy rains lashed the Telangana region and parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh.

The incessant rains since Monday, under the influence of a low-pressure area over Bay of Bengal, have triggered a flood-like situation in at least six districts.

The rains have damaged over hundred acres of crops and cut off low-lying areas. Vehicular traffic in many cities and towns were thrown out of gear and electricity and communication lines disrupted.

With more rains forecast over the next 24 hours and the water level rising sharply in Godavari and Krishna rivers owing to rains in neighbouring Maharashtra, the state is faced with yet another flood threat.

Three deaths were reported from Karimnagar district, where several villages were flooded due to rains and breaches.

Two deaths in rain related incidents were reported from Adilabad district, bordering Maharashtra, as water level in the Pranhita River continued to rise.

Heavy rains on the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa border have led to the increase in water levels of rivers and rivulets in north coastal Andhra comprising three districts of Srikakulam, Vijiyanagaram and Visakhapatnam. Rains have also battered parts of East and West Godavari and Krishna districts.

In Telangana, Karimnagar district was badly hit by torrential rains. All educational institutions and government offices in Karimnagar town, which came under four-five feet water, were forced to shut down.

With floodwaters inundating several main highways, authorities have closed the Hyderabad-Karimnagar, Adilabad-Karimnagar and Warangal-Karimnagar highways.

The state-owned transport corporation has suspended its services on more than 50 routes in Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam and Adilabad districts.

Several low-lying areas in the state capital too were flooded and traffic was disrupted in some areas.

About 120 people were killed in floods that caused widespread destruction in coastal Andhra and Khammam district in Telangana last month.

First Published: Sep 19, 2006 16:09 IST