[Roads are flooded as heavy rains continue to lash Srikakulam and Nalgonda districts in Andhra Pradesh. (PTI photo)]
Hyderabad, (Hindustan Times & Agencies): Hundreds of villages across Andhra Pradesh and Odisha remained submerged while road and rail was disrupted by the rain fury which continued to unleash misery for the sixth day on Saturday, leaving 31 people dead.
The met department has attributed the heavy rains to the creation of a low pressure zone over the Bay of Bengal, as an impact of Cyclone Phailin. The two states were worst hit during Phailin as well.
Situation in Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh is bracing for heavy to very heavy rains on Saturday with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directing the state administration to be on alert and conduct relief operations on a war-footing.
River Krishna was in spate after which 3.15 lakh cusecs of water was discharged into Bay of Bengal from Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada.
The floods have already damaged crops in 4.34 lakh hectares, while also paralysing normal life. Nearly 70,000 people have already moved out of affected areas to relief camps. Among the worst affected districts are Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Guntur and Prakasam and also the Telangana region.
According to the Met department, the state has received an average rainfall of between 4cm and 26cm in the last 24 hours. Rivers are already overflowing as well as drains and tanks, leading to inundation in towns and villages.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed for relief work. “The situation is very grim as the entire Delta area is completely inundated. Drains and tanks are overflowing and there is a threat of breaches occurring at some places because of the nonstop rain,” Guntur district Collector S Suresh Kumar said.
In the capital Hyderabad, Hussain Sagar Lake is full to the brim and the level may cross the danger mark if there is more rain, according to the chief minister’s office.
Situation in Odisha In Odisha, the government has ordered closure of all schools and colleges in the seven flood-hit districts till Monday. All trains have been cancelled. The combined toll from the two waves of flood in Odisha stood at 33.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force, assisted by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, have also been pressed into service in the flood-affected districts, while three helicopters have been deployed for search and rescue operation.
The fresh wave of floods has inundated more than 2,250 villages in the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri. Six deaths were reported from Ganjam and four from Jagatsinghpur districts due to wall collapse and drowning, government officials said. Ganjam, which was worst hit by Cyclone Phailin on October 12, was most affected by the second round of flood too.