Andhra Pradesh

Four hours of horror in Yadiki

Caught unawares: People trying to cross a flooded street at Yadiki village.

Caught unawares: People trying to cross a flooded street at Yadiki village.   | Photo Credit: R_V_S_PRASAD

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Police personnel rush to villagers’ rescue

Residents of 15 colonies in and around Yadiki mandal headquarters town witnessed four hours of horror when flood waters suddenly began entering their houses when heavy rain in Kurnool district led to water flowing into the Yadiki village tank that filled within no time and overflowed, creating havoc, in the early hours of Tuesday.

Superintendent of Police Satya Yesu Babu was quick to react to the situation rushing his personnel to the affected villages to rescue those trapped in the flood waters.

Within a few minutes from the time the police got information, they reached out to people in habitations where 3,000 to 4,000 people reside.

No casualty

While no human casualty was reported, about 120 animals were reported washed away in the flood waters in Vemulapadu. The entire operation lasted about four hours

Police personnel used ropes and sticks to bring people out of their houses and guided them to higher safe locations within the village, in which Tadipatri Deputy Superintendent of Police A. Srinivasulu actively participated. The personnel also distributed food to about 400 to 500 affected people.

The Mandal Revenue Officer told The Hindu that the water flow stopped by afternoon and people returned to their homes, but there was a danger of water overflowing from the check-dam and tank as more rains were predicted.

There was no damage to houses, but about 400 to 500 handloom pits were filled with flood water and some raw materials were damaged.

Meanwhile, the damage to crops all over the district was being assessed, District Collector S. Satyanarayana said. Tadipatri MLA Kethireddy Pedda Reddy and other revenue officials also reached the colonies to provide help to the affected people.

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