As many as 25 passengers, including women and children, and two drivers who were travelling in an APSRTC bus were trapped in an overflowing canal at Narsaraopet in the district on Thursday.
The alert officials rescued all the 27 persons from the bus and arranged alternative transportation to their destinations. Transportation was cut off to hundreds of villages due to the incessant rains that have been lashing for the last four days.
Speaking to The Hindu, APSRTC Guntur Regional Manager P.V. Rama Rao said the super luxury bus belonging to Yemmiganur depot of Kurnool district, that was proceeding to Rajahmundry, was trapped in Murugu Vaagu while crossing the causeway, in the early hours.
A team of officials including Narasaraopet RTC Depot Manager Krishna Reddy, Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer Dhanunjaya Rao, DSP Venkataram Reddy, RDO Srinivas and Fire department authorities rushed to the spot and saved the passengers with the help of a rope party, said the RM.
“The bus was trapped in four feet water on the low level bridge as the flood water increased suddenly. The APSRTC arranged buses to Guntur, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry and other places and shifted the passengers to their destinations”, said Deputy Chief Traffic Manager M. Sudha Bindu.
Road communication was cut off to some hundreds of villages in Narsaraopet, Sattenapalli, Chilakaluripet, Amaravathi, Achampet, Piduguralla and other areas as the canals and drains were overflowing due to heavy rains. Flood water was flowing on highway at many places causing inconvenience to the vehicular traffic. Mr. Rama Rao said the RTC cancelled services towards Sattenapalli-Narsaraopeta, Chilakaluripet-Narsaraopet, Achampet-Kosuru, Guntur-Amaravathi and other routes as the roads were completely cut off. Due to continuous downpour, Yernadevi vaagu, Nallamada, Uppu vaagu, Nakka vaagu, Ogeru, Kondavedu, Kuppaganji vaagu, Basamma vaagu and many drains were overflowing inundating crops in some thousands of acres.
District Collector S. Suresh Kumar has said that about 6,500 people were evacuated from low lying areas and were shifted to the cyclone rehabilitation centres. As per preliminary reports crops were inundated in about 90,000 acres in the district, he said.