Chief Minister drops plan to return to Hyderabad by helicopter due to poor visibility
Bus trapped in swollen stream near Chitvel in Kadapa district
Depression lying close to coast weakens into a low pressure
HYDERABAD: Rivers, streams and tanks rose on Monday in Nellore, Kadapa, Prakasam and Chittoor districts following incessant rain caused by a depression in the Bay of Bengal.
The rain threw normal life out of gear in Nellore district which faced the brunt. The railway track between Gudur and Manubolu sank, severely affecting train services on the busy Vijayawada-Chennai sector. Many trains had to be cancelled for the day or diverted through alternative routes while bus services were disrupted in Nellore and Kadapa districts.
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was forced to drop his plan to return to Hyderabad from Kadapa by helicopter due to poor visibility. He reviewed the flood situation from Kadapa and asked officials to spare no effort in the rescue and relief operations.
A bus with unspecified number of passengers got trapped in a swollen stream near Chitvel in Kadapa district, forcing the Government to requisition two helicopters and a 45-member National Disaster Response Force based in Chennai. However, the chopper returned to Bangalore without undertaking the rescue operation due to inclement weather. As NDRF men came by late evening, nearly 22 passengers were seen standing precariously on the top of the bus amidst swirling waters.
The depression that lay close to the coast between South Andhra and North Tamil Nadu, weakened into a low pressure but the battering by rain continued over South Andhra.
The downpour was such that Naidupet recorded 31 cm, Srikalahasti 27 cm , Nellore, Gudur each 22 cm, Kavali 20 cm, Tirupati 18 cm, Venkatagiri 17 cm, Rapur 14 cm, Atmakur and Sullurpet 13 cm each. Weatherman warned that there would be further rain on Tuesday.
Venkatagiri town in Nellore district was cut off as flood water overflowed the roads. Traffic between Nellore and Railway Kodur was also disrupted.
Low-lying areas at Tiruchanur near Tirupati and in Nellore town were inundated. The gates of Sagileru, Thimsa and Annamayya projects were opened to avert floods in Kadapa. In Prakasam district, the sluices of Upputeru, Ekileru and Rallavagu were also lifted to prevent inundation of villages.