ANDHRA PRADESH

Death toll mounts to 15 in Mahabubnagar

Correspondent

Rise in backwater level creates panic

MAHABUBNAGAR: The death toll in the heavy rains and floods that swamped the district during the last three days mounted to 15 even as the rising back water level of Srisailam dam created panic in four villages forcing them to simply run away.

Official sources said B.Swarna of Jadcherla, Soma Shekaraiah of Maganoor, G.Buchaiah of Yedira, Yerra Ranganna of Athmakur, Subash of Gadwal, K.Thimma Reddy and Sale Nagamma of Rajoli villages died in collapse of houses. Those who got washed away in the floods in swollen rivers and streams included Janakiram Goud, B.Raghurama Reddy of Balanagar, C.Shankaraih of Kalwakurthy, Yerukula Ramakrishnaiah of Perur, Shabaz and Akhil of Jadcherla. Two bodies were recovered from Rajoli village but they were not identified yet.

On Saturday, four villages Somashila, Manchalakatta, Bollaram and Amaragiri in Kollapur Asseembly constituency were inundated with the increase in Srisailam back water level. Panicked villagers ran away leaving their homes and hearths to safety places.

Though the district administration had set up a relief camp at Kollapur, there were few takers as many who fled from their villages took shelter in their relatives’ buildings located in safer areas. But there was relief in Rajoli village with the receding of water level in Tungabadhra. Alampur village including the famous Jogulamba temple was in a sheet of water. Road communication to several villages continues to be cut off.

89 villages affected

Collector K. Damayanthi said that 89 villages on banks of Krishna and Thungabadra rivers in the district were affected. The district administration has taken up relief and rehabilitation measures in full swing, as the intensity of the rain came down. In all 74 relief centres were set up in which 1.34 lakh flood victims were taking shelter.

Over 20,000 food and water packets were air dropped in the villages, which were inundated. Four helicopters of Indian Air force rescued persons trapped in floods at Gudeballur and Naragadda villages.

The Collector said that 1,398 houses were damaged fully and 10,280 house were damaged partially. Crops in 3,256 hectares were inundated. She said that district administration was taking help of Army, Navy and National Disaster Management Agency’s relief teams in rescue and relief operations.

She has asked the government employees at levels in the district to attend to duties on Sunday to help in these operations.