Mahabubnagar, Oct 1 :
Flash floods have claimed 15 lives in Andhra Pradesh as heavy rains lashed several parts of the state, inundating low-lying areas, disrupting vehicular traffic and snapping electricity and communication lines, according to reports received here on Thursday.
The rains, caused by a depression in the Bay of Bengal, flooded rivers and streams, inundated low-lying villages, threw normal life out of gear and damaged property and crops in several districts all over the state. Authorities have set up control rooms in Mahabubnagar and Kurnool districts to monitor the flood situation.
Thousands of people were displaced as floodwaters entered their houses while scores of rivulets crossed their danger mark, crops submerged, communication network paralysed and several men who went for work on Wednesday evening were caught in the middle of swirling rivers.
The worst affected are from the southern part of Mahabubnagar district. All the 176 tanks in the district of Mahabubnagar had breaches. Ten mandals in the district received more than 20 cms of rain while Uppunutala mandal recorded the highest rainfall of 30 cms.
Four rehabilitation centres were set up by the Government in the Gadwal mandal to cater to the needs of flood affected people in the district. The fishermen in the district were warned not to go for fishing in view of the flash floods.
RTC Bus marooned:-
A Road Transport Corporation bus plying from Anantapur to Hyderabad was caught in flood waters with 36 passengers on board. Efforts are on to rescue the passengers by the district authorities. The shopping complex in Wanaprthy town has been inundated with flood waters.
Kurnool hit by flood waters :-
Meanwhile reports from Kurnool say that the situation in the district of Kurnool is no better than that of Mahabubnagar. Gudur, 30 km west of Kurnool city, recorded the highest rainfall of 220 mm in the last 24 hours followed by Adoni 192 mm, Mantralayam 191 mm, Pedakadubur and Kurnool city 190 mm. All the heavy rainfall centres are located in the catchment of Tungabhadra, Hundri and Vakkileru that surround the Kurnool city from three corners.
All the low-lying areas in Kurnool city are flooded with waters and the people living in the low-lying areas are being shifted to safer places. The joint collector is supervising the relief works in Kurnool town. The Sunkesula barrage over river Tungabhadra is discharging 3.30 lakh cusecs of flood water. The district authorities have set up 21 relief centres to accommodate the flood hit people in Kurnool. Most of the rural areas remained inaccessible to the official machinery.