Heavy rain claims two lives in Kadapa

Special Correspondent
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359 houses damaged, crop destroyed

A stream flows across the causeway at Guttur lake in Anantapur district on Thursday.- PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD
A stream flows across the causeway at Guttur lake in Anantapur district on Thursday.- PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD

Rainfall since the last two days affected 15 mandals in Kadapa district, leaving two women dead, 359 houses damaged and causing agricultural crop loss in 2,350 acres and horticulture crop loss in 230 hectares, as per a preliminary assessment, District Collector K. Sasidhar said on Thursday.

While a woman's body was retrieved, another has not yet been traced. Thirty-two goats, four buffalos and a bullock cart were washed away, he told a review meeting here with officials, MPDOs, tahsildars and mandal special officers. Heavy rainfall of 21 cm was recorded in Proddatur, 17 cm in Sambepalle, 16 cm in Chinnamandem and 15 cm in Chapadu mandal, he said. Directing officials to be accessible, he urged people not to panic.

Control rooms were set up in Kadapa Collectorate and RDO offices to monitor the rainfall situation. Three relief centres were set up and rice and kerosene are being supplied to affected families.

The Collector ordered rice and kerosene supply in all the 15 affected mandals. Central protected water schemes were damaged in Muddanur, Yerraguntla and Potladurthy. Power supply was disrupted at four places and restoration work is in progress.

People living in low-lying areas were alerted and moved to safer areas. The Collector advised the revenue, engineering, medical and health, rural water supply and public health officials and MPDOs to be alert until normalcy was restored.

He told municipal officials to inspect low-lying areas and organise medical camps in water-logged areas.



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