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Vizag airport now a fishing pond!

For the third consecutive day, all flights from the airport were suspended, while floods have damaged airport building.
None | By Indo-Asian News Service, Hyderabad
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2005 05:37 PM IST

Three days of incessant rains have turned the airport in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam into a fishing pond, with dozens of locals reaping a rich harvest.

Some fishermen were seen on Sunday carrying bagful of fish they caught from the runway and terminal building area, where six to eight feet of water has accumulated due to the rains and floods in a nearby reservoir.

For the third consecutive day, all flights from the airport were suspended. The airport building and equipment have suffered damage due to the flooding.

Navy personnel and local fishermen on Sunday rescued about 100 persons working at the airport after the terminal building was flooded with water released from the nearby Meghadrigedda reservoir.

This is the second time in less than a month that heavy rains forced the closure of the airport. Flights were earlier suspended for five days.

The industrial hub of Visakhapatnam and its surrounding areas have been badly affected by torrential rains caused by a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal.

Elsewhere in the state, heavy rains have claimed 23 lives in the last three days.

Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Dharmana Prasad Rao said the damage caused by the heavy rains was being assessed.

More than 100 people were killed and crops over 300,000 acres of land were damaged in the floods last month.

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