Rain Disrupts Normal Life in Nellore District, Raises Hopes for Farmers

Tirupati: Several parts of the erstwhile Nellore district experienced moderate to heavy rainfall since Monday night. The active North East monsoon has made its presence felt.

While this raised the hopes of farmers for the first crop cultivation, the rain also led to disruption of normal life. Amid floods, several low-lying areas went under water.

Real time data indicates that Indukurpeta and Vidavaluru mandals in Nellore district, along with Vidyanagar in Tirupati district, recorded the highest rainfall, measuring 15cm, 12cm, and 15cm respectively.

On average, Nellore district received 3cm of rainfall in the past 24 hours. Notable figures include Naidupeta and Muthukur mandals, which recorded 10cm and Chillakuru, Manubolu, Venkatagiri and Chittamur mandals, all registering 9cm rainfall.

Nellore city, the urban hub of the district, witnessed 11cm rainfall since Monday and the downpour continued through the night. This affected normal life and caused inundation of low-lying areas.

In Ummareddy Gunta, Balaji Nagar, Nawabpet, and their outskirts, drains were overflowing and floods submerged roads. Under-bridges at Ramalingapuram, Magunta layout and the Atmakur bus stand in Nellore city were flooded, obstructing the movement of commuters.

Similar situations arose in municipal areas like Kavali, Sullurpet and Naidupeta areas in Nellore and Tirupati districts. Road traffic ground to a halt.

In response to the adverse weather conditions, Nellore municipal commissioner Vikas Marmat has issued directives to the civic staff, urging caution. He asked officials to ensure the free flow of water at under-bridges by employing motors where necessary.

With IMD predicting heavy rain on Wednesday too, he urged the public to remain vigilant. He advised them against standing close to hoardings and parking vehicles under trees.

Nellore mayor P Sravanthi personally inspected the girls' welfare hostel near the Madras bus stand, which remained submerged in rainwater for the past two days. She directed the civic staff to drain the water from the premises and maintain sanitation standards to prevent the spread of diseases.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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