Essential commodities like milk, vegetables and drinking water elude people

Normal life in the city was paralysed completely with intermittent rain lashing the city for the past three days. Many localities, more particularly Housing Board Colony, remained under a sheet of water. Several areas and roads continued to remain submerged under rain water for the second consecutive day on Sunday.

The heavy rain caused by cyclonic storm Nilam left a trail of destruction in the city. Essential commodities like milk, vegetables and drinking water eluded people, while business establishments remained closed.

Low-lying areas in the city were inundated, while Jakkampudi was marooned in Budameru floodwaters. People fear that a much bigger flood threat looms over their locality with water level rising in Budameru. More than 2,800 families are living in YSR Colony at Jakkampudi. The H. B. Colony and other localities were so badly hit that water stagnated waist-deep on the roads and water entered houses at many places. The slow movement of storm water in major outfall drains was causing anxious moments to residents of One Town in view of the experience of 2009. Most of the roads in One Town turned into pools of water. In 2009, several localities of One Town had remained submerged by rainwater for two days.

The Rajarajeswaripeta Cheruvu Centre, Labour Colony, Kabela, Bommareddi Sitareddi Colony, Crombay Road, Bhavanipuram, K. L. Rao Nagar, Vijaya Durga Nagar LBS Nagar and Indira Nayak Nagar were some of the colonies that were affected. The areas near Madhyakatta were faced the brunt due to the breaches. A minor landslide took place on Indrakeeladri in the early hours. However, none was injured. The temple authorities immediately removed the debris and cleared the road for traffic movement. People living on hilly slopes were caught in the grip of fear with the landslide on the Indrakeeladri.

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