Kurnool: Schools in Nandyal division of Kurnool district were declared closed following the second day of heavy rain on Tuesday. Heavy rain in Nandyal, Allagadda and Srisailam constituencies has led to low-lying areas, including the Guntur-Guntakal railway, tracks getting inundated.
Six persons were feared dead. Three shepherds were reportedly washed away in Nandyal division. A report from Kadapa said an autorickshaw with three persons has been washed away but there has been no police complaint. Most canals in Pulivendula and Tonduru mandals are overflowing.
National Highway 46 between Allagadda and Chagalamarri was flooded, affecting transport between Chennai and Hyderabad. Many vehicles were stranded for 10 hours, and police diverted the vehicles through other routes to their destinations. The track between Guntur and Dhone was submerged near Gajulapalli railway station in Nandyal division. The Guntur Kacheguda train and Hubli-Vijawayada trains and four goods trains were cancelled.
The ancient Sri Mahanandeeswara Swami temple at Mahanandi was flooded with rain water which reached the sanctum sanctorum. Pilgrims had a difficult time entering the temple and could only see the deity from 50 feet away. Swimmers were stationed near the temple as a precautionary measure.
A temple staffer said this was the first time the temple was inundated after the compound wall was constructed. He said the temple was previously flooded in 1976, after which the compound wall was built.
A school bus near Sanjamala was caught in floodwaters and the children were quickly rescued.
Several villages were cut off as several rivulets were flooded including the Vakkileru, Nallavagu, Premavagu, Rallavagu, Nallakuntavagu and the Kundu river. Three shepherds were feared downed in Vakkileru near Allagadda.
Nageswara Rao Balleda from Kadapa reports that the Kundu and Penna rivers are flooding dangerously in the district due to two days of heavy rain. Many villages in Jammalamadugu and Proddutur constituencies have been inundated. Water has entered the Pedamudium police station. The Kundu was flowing above the Nemalladinne bridge and on the Pageru bridge on the Kamalapuram-Khajipeta road. The Gandikota reservoir is receiving huge inflows. Elsewhere officials have opened the gates of the Mylavaram project and released 12,000 cusecs into the Penna river. Reports said the Dodium irrigation tank was breached in Mylavaram mandal. A landslide was reported on the Gandi-Rayachoti road in Chakrayapeta mandal....