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People get respite from rain, but situation still grim in Chittoor

There is a brief respite from rain for the eastern mandals of Chittoor on Wednesday morning, but the situation continued to be grim and several tanks are feared to have developed breaches.

Satyavedu, Buchinaidu Kandriga, Varadaiahpalem, Thottambedu, Srikalahasti, KVB Puram, Pichatur, Nagalapuram, Nagari, Chandragiri, Ramachandrapuram and Yerpedu mandals are among the worst-affected.

Nagalapuram mandal was badly battered, as it witnessed 105.5 mm rain in just 12 hours. With Akkamadugu stream in spate, Nandanam, Kottakadu and Vembakkam villages were cut-off from the mandal headquarters town. While vehicular movement is ruled out, police stood guard to help people treading over the culvert towards the affected villages.

Two men, who got washed away in flash floods in Swarnamukhi River, were rescued by the locals as well as the relief teams in Govindavaram village of Yerpedu mandal on Tuesday night. Ravi of Tirupati, who was on his way to visit a relative, fell into the Swarnamukhi causeway, while Gangaiah, a resident of the nearby Govindavaram SC Colony, jumped into the water to rescue him.

Both of them were washed away to a distance and they caught hold of the shrubs in the riverbed. The locals noticed them after a couple of hours and alerted the police and revenue officials. Mandal Revenue Officer Lakshmi Narasaiah and Sub-Inspector Ramakrishna rushed to the spot along with professional swimmers and rescued them.

At least three tanks in the mandal are feared to overflow any time. Satyavedu continued to suffer as water flowed over the Venkatrajula Kandriga culvert. The situation improved in Puttur as traffic was restored near Vadamalapet on Tirupati-Chennai highway.

The mammoth Gulur Cheruvu near SBR Puram, having an ayacut of 500 acres, is up to its brim. Nagari town escaped the wrath as water from the Nagaricheruvu near Ekambarakuppam railway station flowed to fill the Mangadu tank and Aroor tank downstream to reach Pichatur tank.

With the lifting of six gates in Araniar Project, there is heavy damage to the villages downstream. The Kushasthali River, which flows towards Bugga Agraharam to reach Kanakammasatram and Manavur in Tamil Nadu (where it is called as ‘Kotralai’ river), has flooded Surutupalle area on the inter-state border. The river is in spate after several years. The link between Tirupati and its southern villages is cut-off as the huge Rayala Cheruvu overflowed and caused traffic disruption on the road along its bund.

Traffic diversion

While there are three routes from Tirupati to Chennai, two of them are totally suspended and one was under restoration this morning. Traffic movement came to a standstill on Puttur-Tiruvallur-Chennai and Puttur-Uthukota-Chennai routes.

The APSRTC, which runs its buses on the latter route, is contemplating to ply buses via Naidupet and Sullurpet on NH-16 to enter Tamil Nadu via North Chennai. “Though Gummidipoondi and Red Hills areas have been cleared, Kavaraipettai continues to be under water. We are considering running our buses on this route, as the traffic has been restored one way”, APSRTC Deputy Chief Traffic Manager P. Chandrasekhar told The Hindu.

Similarly, buses towards Kanchipuram are halted at Arakkonam.


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