Rain fury in Andhra

Heavy rains continued to lash several parts of Andhra Pradesh for the fifth consecutive day on Friday throwing normal life out of gear, flooding low-lying areas, disrupting road and rail traffic, and killing 26 people. All the reservoirs in the state are full to the brim with the northeast monsoon bringing in copious amount of rainfall in the catchment areas of the Godavari, the Krishna, the Penna, the Nagavalli, the Vamsadhara, and numerous streams and rivulets.
The toll in the incessant heavy rains triggered by the depression in Bay of Bengal has increased to 26 with 12 more deaths reported from different districts on Friday. However, the state government has put the rain-related deaths at 20. Over 300 cattle were washed away in flash floods while crops in over 4.34 lakh hectares was submerged in coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema.
About 4,700 houses were damaged and 67,419 people had been moved to safety as the India Meteorological Department forecast heavy to very heavy rains for two more days. About 1,000 kms of roads was damaged across the state. Heavy rains were reported in Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Prakasam, West Godavari, Srikakulam, and Visakhapatnam districts. Many low-lying areas in Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Guntur, Kurnool, Mahbubnagar, and Nalgonda were inundated with water entering residential colonies. In many districts, schools and colleges remained closed on Friday.
Vehicles were caught in swirling waters in Nalgonda, Guntur, Mahbubnagar, and Prakasam districts. Alert villagers rushed to the rescue of stranded passengers and shifted them to safety.
The unpreparedness of the administration was thoroughly exposed with the casualties crossing two dozen. Many areas recorded above 20 cm of rainfall in the last five days. Srisailam dam is expected to receive heavy inflows by Saturday morning. Water entered bus stations and hospitals, putting passengers and patients to hardship. Several villages went without power as water entered substations. 

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