ANDHRA PRADESH

Incessant rain leads to waterlogging

Deluge: Teachers wading through water to go to classrooms in Zilla Parishad High School in Kadapa.

Deluge: Teachers wading through water to go to classrooms in Zilla Parishad High School in Kadapa.  

Special Correspondent

Trenches dug up for underground drainage works pose a threat to commuters

KADAPA: Incessant rainfall during the last three days led to waterlogging of several low-lying areas in Kadapa city.

Low-lying areas such as Mrutyunjayakunta, Khaleelnagar, Ghousenagar, Ganjikunta Colony, Balajinagar, BhagyanagarColony, NGO Colony and Chinna Chowk became water-logged due to rain water as well as overflowing drain water. While the roads became waterlogged, trenches and large pits dug up for underground drainage works and left uncovered posed a threat to commuters and pedestrians.

Lack of sanitation and clearing of choked drains was causing fear among the people that water might enter houses if the rainfall continued. The Zilla Parishad High School premises in Jayanagar Colony was filled with rain water as well as water from a large overflowing drainage canal emanating unbearable stench but the teachers and students were managing to attend classes. Kadapa Municipal Corporation officials are dilly-dallying on taking steps to check the inflow of drain water into the ZP High School.

Vacant sites in most parts of Kadapa were filled with water. Tardy measures to ensure sanitation, fogging or spraying operations to curb mosquito menace in Kadapa endanger the spread of viral fever, chikungunya, malaria, typhoid etc. which were already prevalent.

Kadapa DEO G.A. Hemanath inspected the water-logged ZP High School at Jayanagar Colony, wherein water was leaking in classrooms due to dilapidation of the building. The DEO visited the school on the representation of Students Federation of India district president Srinivas and secretary Sivaram.

Mr. Hemanath assured steps for levelling the school premises to prevent inflow of rain and drain water. He also assured repairs to the drain and to apprise Collector Shashi Bhushan Kumar on the problems in the school.

Relief

Anantapur Staff Reporter adds: Widespread rain in the district since Monday night is proving to be a further relief, at least in terms of drinking water needs and availability of fodder. Farms, which seemed wilting and dry till August 22, have turned green now and the present rain is likely to further consolidate the rain-fed crops.

The district recorded an average of 35.4 mm rainfall from 8 a.m. on August 31 to 8 a.m. on September 1. Uravakonda and Vidapanakal mandals recorded maximum rainfall of 112 mm each followed by 110.2 in Kothacheruvu, 95.4 in Dharmavaram, 95 in Beluguppa and 94 in Chennekothapalli.

Kanekal (88.6 mm), Bukkapatnam (82.6), Kanaganapalli (80.4), Puttaparthi (76.8), Bommanahal (74.4), Rapthadu (67.6), Anantapur (61.2), Atmakur (60.4), Obuladevara Cheruvu (55.6), Vajrakarur (53.4), Tadimarri (48.2), D.Hirehal (48), Ramagiri (47), Nallamada (46.2), Bukkaraya Samudram (45.2), Bathalapalli (42.6) and Kadiri (42.4) also received good rain.

Streams in most parts of the district received fresh water and were flowing on Tuesday.

Several minor irrigation and major irrigation tanks also received inflows. The Anantharayala Cheruvu at Anantapur also received some water as Pandameru rivulet received a flash flood due to overnight rain in Ramagiri area.

Several low-lying habitations in the district headquarters town and on its outskirts suffered waterlogging due to poor drainage facility.

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