Heavy rainfall in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh: People stranded, rescue operations underway

Heavy rainfall hit Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and rain water reportedly started creeping inside the houses on Thursday.

ANI reported that incessant rains triggered a flood-like situation in Guntur. Rescue operations are underway to help people get out of the waist-deep water.

Efforts were on to save a bus full of passengers which was left stranded in flood waters, reported NDTV. Guntur, which is about 300 km from Hyderabad had been receiving rains since 11 pm on Wednesday. The report quoted district collector Kantilal Dande as saying, “Between 4 and 8 am, there was record rain.”

Normal life was thrown out of gear and at several places, streams and tanks are also overflowing, The New Indian Express reported. The entire road network in Palnadu region Guntur district has gone haywire.

Movement of vehicles between Hyderabad and Guntur was hampered due to flooding, The Hindu reported. The Hyderabad-bound Palnadu Express was stopped at Reddygudem village in Rajupalem mandal.

A middle-aged woman was killed when her house wall collapsed due to heavy rains in Guntur, The Times of India report read.

Train services between Macherla and Guntur were also cancelled after a 500-m portion of the railway tracks was washed away in the flood.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has spoken to the collectors of Guntur and Prakasam districts and asked them to be on alert. More rainfall has been forecast for the next 24 hours.

The Times of India report also said that the collectors have been asked to provide alternative transport to stranded passengers.

Updated Date: Sep 22, 2016 15:46 PM

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