Flood fury caused agony to people travelling by road between Vijayawada and Hyderabad and in the opposite direction on Friday night.
The AP State Road Transport Corporation buses plying on the Hyderabad–Vijayawada route had to abruptly break off their journey at Kottangur in Nalgonda district after crossing Suryapet. The deluge caused by unabated rains had all rivers, rivulets, tanks, streams and lakes in spate. The gushing floodwater overflowed on the main roads at some places forcing buses to take diversion routes.
Stranded passengers of RTC buses on Hyderabad-Vijayawada route had to be taken to their destinations via new routes.
The Vijayawada-bound journey of people who started at 10 p.m. on Friday at Hyderabad, ended at around 10 a.m. on Saturday, subjecting them to 12 hours of agony and anxiety.
“After crossing Suryapet, the bus could not make headway due to the overflowing floodwater on the National Highway. We tried diverting the vehicles via Narketpalli, Nalgonda town, Miriyalaguda and Kodad.
A similar situation prevailed there forcing the driver to take yet another diversion and take his onward journey via Jangam in Warangal district. Our main task was to ensure passenger safety by taking whichever way possible to reach the destination,” said G. Sudesh Kumar, the Corporation Regional Manager.
“We have restored operations in all routes now that the water level has receded,” said R. Nagaraju, Executive Officer of the Corporation for Vijayawada zone.