3 killed in wall collapse; storm water enters Tirumala temple; alert in Nellore
Three days of incessant rain played havoc in the border district of Chittoor under the influence of the low pressure in Bay of Bengal.
The vigorous Northeast monsoon inundated the low laying areas besides bringing in copious supplies into most reservoirs and irrigation tanks especially in the southern parts of the district. The deluge has claimed three lives at Adavikothuru near Nagari, 60 kms from here on the AP-Tamilnadu border. The tragedy occurred when their rain-soaked hut collapsed killing on the spot, Rajamma (50) and her two grand children while her husband, Rajendran escaped with injuries. This takes the death toll in the district in the wake of the 3 days of cyclonic storm to five, with two casualties reported on Tuesday.
The hill station of Tirumala situated at 3200 ft above the MSL has received a record rain fall of 70 mm in just one hour in the afternoon. This is in addition to the 26 mm rainfall already recorded for the day.
The huge cloud burst sent storm waters swirling into the temple of Lord Venkateswara besides flooding the cellar compartments in the Vaikuntham Queue Complex where pilgrims wait for their turn to have darshan.
With storm water flooding the temple and the queue complex, eye witness accounts said that pilgrims had to wade through about 2 feet water with their kids either in their arms or over their shoulders while darshan remained reportedly disrupted for nearly thirty minutes. Villages cut off
Nellore Staff Reporter adds: with the metrological authorities predicting that the cyclone may cross the coast at some place in the coastal districts in the next 48 hours, the district administration is preparing to prevent human and property loss in the district.
The officials sounded alert along the sea coast in Nellore district and the officials were asked to stay in the posted villages. Fishermen were cautioned not to venture out into the sea.
Speaking to The Hindu, Collector K. Ramgopal said instructions were given to the officials to supply rice, kerosene, lanterns and other material to the Fair Price shops located in fishermen villages. Revenue, Panchayat and other department officials were asked to keep the cyclone rehabilitation centres ready.
Orders were issued to the heads of all departments not to grant leave to the staff the next three days in view of the cyclone alert and special officials would be allotted to the eleven sea coast mandals, if necessary, he said.
Many roads were damaged and transportation was cut off to many villages in Kavali, Gudur and other mandals in the district.