New Delhi: Around 17 people were killed in a ravishing flash flood after hitting four Rayalaseema districts of Anantapur, Kurnool, Chittoor and Kadapa on Friday in Andhra Pradesh. The incessant rainfalls started on Thursday, set off by the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal.
More than 100 persons are feared to have been washed away in separate incidents in the four districts. About seven National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to lead the search and rescue operations, besides teams from the police, revenue and fire department.
As Cheyyuru river overflowed, water from Annamayya irrigation project spilled over to sevral mandals in Rajampet assembly constituency and other parts of Kadapa district.
Three AP State Road Transport Corporation buses carrying passengers got stuck in flood waters near Ramapuram in Rajampet mandal. Though fire services rescued most of the passengers and APSRTC staff, 12 persons who were washed away were found dead at various places in Rajampet madal. Seven bodies were retrieved near Gandluru, three near Rayavaram, while two bodies were found near Mandapalli. About 30 persons from Mandapalli, Nandaluru and Akepadu villages in Rajampet mandal have been washed away and officials have launched a search operation to trace them. Rail and road traffic between Tirupati and Kadapa came to a standstill as floodwaters damaged railway tracks and national highways at several places along the route.