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Rains lash M'rashtra, AP, leave trail of destruction

Rains claimed 15 lives, as the flood situation continued to be grim in AP, where the death toll rose to 62.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 20:57 IST

Torrential monsoon rains on Sunday crippled Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, claiming 15 lives, as the flood situation continued to be grim in Andhra Pradesh, where the death toll rose to 62.

The rains also hit life in Chhattisgarh, where five persons were feared dead after being washed away by floods, and Orissa, where a fresh wave of floods claimed eight lives.

In Maharashtra, five people died when a wall collapsed in Nanded district while 10 died in western Vidharbha in different rain-related incidents, officials said.

Over 10,000 people were evacuated to safer places after the Godavari river crossed the danger mark at several places.

Heavy rains for the third consecutive day flooded Mumbai's streets and crippled rail and road traffic in the bustling metropolis. Commuter trains on the Central and Harbour lines were disrupted by waterlogging of tracks.

Authorities used two helicopters to evacuate people in three villages in Vidarbha region. The Painganga river was in spate in Yavatmal district, leaving about 1,300 people stranded.

People living along the banks of Godavari river were alerted after the irrigation department released 11,610 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water from the Gangapur dam.

In Andhra Pradesh, the flood situation in Bhadrachalam town was grim with the Godavari river in spate. Authorities evacuated 14,000 families to relief camps set up near the temple town, officials said.

The rains, triggered by a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal, played havoc in the north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam.

Districts in coastal and Telengana regions too experienced heavy rains that left a trail of destruction and death.

First Published: Aug 06, 2006 20:57 IST