Several crops, including mango, cashew and banana, damaged; power supply disrupted in Visakhapatnam

Heavy rain lashed Srikakulam district between Thursday midnight and early hours of Friday, inundating several low-lying areas.

Roads were badly damaged in Srikakulam town. Many areas, including Visakha-A colony, ASN Colony, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, and AP Housing Board Colony, were inundated. Hundreds of passengers were put to hardship with water-logging in the RTC complex.

Several crops, including mango, cashew and banana, were badly damaged.

In Visakhapatnam district, gales and downpour in the morning brought down the mercury levels. Power supply was disrupted for about five hours in Visakhapatnam.

As a result, candidates appearing for ECET examination at Andhra University had a tough time as the overcast sky resulted in darkness in the examination rooms. Though the authorities provided candles, they were far from adequate. Only one candle was provided for each long table, which was allotted to three candidates. The candles didn't last long.

District Revenue Officer Venkat Reddy said there were no reports of damage from any part of the district

In Vizianagaram district, the fort town, Bobbili, Parvathipuram, Salur, and Kothavalasa mandals experienced moderate to heavy rain for over four hours. In Vizianagaram town, low-lying areas such as the municipal office, clock tower, goods shed and, Rajiv Nagar Colony were flooded. Train services in the Howrah-Chennai and Vizianagaram-Raipur sections were hit and all trains were running two hours behind schedule. According to unofficial sources, mango, banana and maize crops in large extent of area were damaged. No casualties were reported from anywhere till this evening.

No different

In Kakinada too the situation was no different with rain battering the city continuously for about three hours. All the roads, including arterial, were water-logged, as there is no underground drainage system in the city causing hardship to people.