Depression in the Arabian Sea intensifies into a cyclonic storm
Heavy rains continued over parts of Nellore, Chittoor, Prakasam and Kadapa districts for the third day on Monday, as the depression in the Arabian Sea intensified into a cyclonic storm turning the North-East monsoon vigorous.
Normal life in parts of these districts remained affected as the torrential rains paralysed traffic at several points and confined people indoors.
The situation in the already inundated low-lying areas worsened, with more water flowing in.
Nellore city recorded 19 cm, Tada, Vinjamur each 11 cm, Atmakur, Gudur, Sullurpet and Srikalahasti each 8 cm. Porumamilla reported 6 cm and; Badwel, Srikalahasti, Satyavedu each 5 cm. The rains are likely to subside on Tuesday, according to forecast issued by the State Met Office.
According to reports received by the Government, heavy inflows joined the reservoirs of the barrage across the Swarnamuki near Vakadu in Nellore district and Somasila across the Pennar.
Following opening of the flood-gates of these projects as a precaution, huge quantities of the flood waters flowed out, threatening the villages abutting their banks.
However, the increased storage in these projects would help late khariff crops sown in the district.
In Prakasam district, four gates of Rallapadu reservoir were too opened to avoid danger to its dam.
Traffic on the busy road link between Kavali and Kandukur was held up as water flowed over its stretches.
Nellore Staff Reporter adds: Many mandals in the district received good rainfall in the last 24 hours in Nellore district.
The district received an average of 108.1 mm rainfall till Sunday morning.
The highest of 304.6 mm (30.4 cms) rainfall was recorded in Thotapalli Gudur (T.P.Gudur) mandal, followed by 285.4 mm in Vidavalur, 262.4 mm rainfall in Indukurpet, 216.4 mm in Kodavalur, 198.8 mm in Kovur, 186.8 rainfall in Dagadarthi mandals.
Several villages were in flood waters in Kavali, Kovur, Nellore Rural, Saidapuram, Venkatagiri, Thotapalli Gudur, Vakadu, Kondapuram and other mandals in the district on Sunday.