India: 6 dead, thousands evacuated in AP

HYDERABAD: Six persons died and about 10,000 persons were evacuated as several villages were inundated due to torrential rains triggered by the cyclonic storm in coastal Andhra Pradesh even as the administration is geared up to evacuate more affected people to safer places.
As heavy rains lashed several parts of the state, three persons died in East Godavari district, two in Visakhapatnam and one in Vizianagaram district during last 24 hours, official sources said here today.

Heavy rains, accompanied by gales reaching the speed of 70 kms per hour lashed coastal areas after the cyclonic storm hit the Andhra coast at Kalingapatnam in Srikakulam district yesterday, the Met department said.

Moderate to heavy rains continued today in the coastal areas and also in Telangana region.

Normal life was thrown out of gear and rivers were in spate following heavy rains in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts, the sources said adding, the Collectors of coastal districts have been put on high alert.

So far, about 10,000 people were shifted to safer places and 15 relief camps have been set up in the coastal districts even as the administration has been asked to gear up for evacuation of more number of people from the rain-ravaged areas.

Several villages in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts were inundated by flood waters, damaging crops and disrupting traffic and power supply.

According to a report from Srikakulam, seven villages were completely marooned and crops in over 50,000 acres of land were damaged in the north coastal district.

The water level in Godavari river was rising and crossed the 44.5 ft mark at the temple town of Bhadrachalam in Khammam district.

The Visakhapatnam District Collector Praveen Prakash said about 4,000 people from low-lying areas were evacuated and all the flights to and from Visakhapatnam have been cancelled.