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Situation still grim in flood-hit areas of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh (A.P) continued to reel under the impact of heavy rains for the third consecutive day on Friday as the low pressure in Bengal of Bengal has intensified by morning. At least seven persons have so far died in Guntur district alone and many went missing across the State. Hundreds of villages were marooned due to intermittent rains and road traffic was badly hit at many places. Vehicular traffic on Rajahmundry-Visakhapatnam and Addanki (Prakasam district) – Narketpalli (Nalgonda district in Telangana) highways came to a standstill at different places, particularly at Rajanagaram on NH-16 in East Godavari district. Roads suffered extensive damage in East Godavari, Vizianagaram, Prakasam, Kadapa andKurnool districts due to the incessant rain. The movement of trains was also disrupted as tracks were breached at various places. The situation in Guntur district, which was the worst-affected, is still grim as flood water swept away everything in its path and the River Krishna received heavy inflows. After a long time, all the 70 crest gates of Prakasam barrage inVijayawada were opened. A massive 133350 cusecs of water were released into the sea at 11 a.m. The discharge from Pulichintala (K.L. Rao Sagar) dam was much higher at 184500 cusecs. It is the highest that the dam has recorded so far. Cotton fields in and around Cherukuru near Parchur in Prakasam district were flooded as Nallamadavagu breached. Several villages in Nandigama mandal of Krishna district were cut off due to floods to the Wyra River.All 63 mandals in Anantapur district received moderate rain and there were heavy showers at a few places in the district. TheKundu River inKurnool district caused flooding of many villages and Paleruvagu too overflowed. Crops in hundreds of acres were damaged in Koilakuntla and other surrounding areas. The district headquarters, Nandyal, Atmakur and other places heavy rain. Suvarnamukhi andVegavati Rivers in Srikakulam district were also swollen due to the constant spell of rain. Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu took stock of the situation in flood-ravaged areas and instructed the officials to act swiftly with the help of National Disaster Response Force and police to mitigate the damage and save lives.

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