Prakasam district administration on Wednesday geared up to face severe cyclonic storm threat, even as heavy rains in the last three day claimed three lives.
While drowning accounted for two deaths, one in Karedu and another in Upputeru, the third person died in wall collapse Reddypalem, District Collector Kantilal Dande told reporters.
He was speaking after reviewing the arrangements to face the cyclonic storm which, according to weathermen, might hit the coast between south coastal Andhra and north Tamil Nadu in two to three days.
Officials in the 12 coastal mandals were put on high alert.
Special officers were appointed for a coordinated effort to face the natural calamity. The collector asked health officials to start health camps in all the rehabilitation centres.
With two persons washed away in rivulets, the Collector directed the Road Transport Authority officials to post guards near all rivulets and tanks and maintain extra vigil near the water bodies close to the arterial Chennai-Kolkata national highway and railway tracks.
Ulavapadu mandal accounted for a maximum off 38 cm rainfall in three days followed by Singarayakonda(35), Kandukur and Gudlur 20 each, the Collector said.
Bus services were canceled in 11 routes due to water-logging, while train services suffered little delays in view of slow running of trains in between Singarayakonda and Ulavapadu.
As the Gundlakamma reservoir attained full level, a huge 8500 cusecs of water was let out into the sea.