Over 60,000 people shifted to 183 relief camps in district and the number is likely go up
Some 926 houses damaged and one killed in wall collapse at Atkur village in Ungutur mandalStanding crop inundated in thousands of acres
VIJAYAWADA: With heavy rain continuing for the third consecutive day, Krishna district headquarters, Machilipatnam, was cut off from the rest of the district on Tuesday. Life was thrown out of gear in most parts (19 mandals) of the district. Boats were the only mode of transport in Machilipatnam, as water stagnated on the roads up to a height of five feet. Over 60,000 people were shifted to 183 relief camps across the district by evening and the number is likely go up. Standing crop was inundated in thousands of acres. In all, 926 houses were damaged and one person was killed in a wall collapse at Atkur village in Ungutur mandal.
Formation Day off
The district administration has cancelled the celebration of Andhra Pradesh Formation Day in the headquarters on Wednesday. Besides Machiliptanam, Avanigadda and Gudivada areas were also hit. The RTC cancelled all buses from Machilipatnam and Gudivada as water entered into the bus stations up to a height of three feet. There was no road connectivity from Gudivada to Hanuman Junction and Eluru. Breaches to Lower Pulleru and Campbell irrigation canals were reported from Gudlavalleru, Porada, Chinna Gunnuru, Boinavaripalem, due to which there was a threat to standing crop in 1 lakh acres.
Overflowing canals were creating panic among people in many areas. Some farmers of Pesaramilli village breached the R&B road to prevent inundation. Villagers in Guduru and Pedana mandals breached Ramarajupalem canal at three points.
Senior IAS officer B.R.Meena was appointed special officer to coordinate with the district administration in relief work. District Collector Navin Mittal said that half the district was under water and the delta area was affected badly.
Pamarru recorded the highest rainfall of 60.8 cm., while Gudlavalleru got 55.4 cm of rain.
The district recorded an average rainfall of 32.2 cm in the last three days.