vijayawada l monday l november 22, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION People living in villages abutting Rayalacheruvu move to nearby hilly areas in Chittoor district to protect themselves from a possible deluge | Express CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Rescue teams continue search for the missing E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kadapa A bridge on River Papagni collapses at Kamalapuram on Sunday due to flood fury, disrupting vehicular traffic between Kadapa and Anantapur districts, Penna floods inundate several low-lying areas in Kovur of Nellore district | Express Birthday turns tragic for girl, brother in Kadapa E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kadapa Two siblings drowned while they were crossing the overflowing Mandavya river on Sunday . Rayachoti Rural CI Lingappa said Ameer Basha of Chaki Banda in Chinna Mandem mandal, was taking his two children Shaziya and Sazir to Kalakada in Chittoor district on a bike when the incident happened as his daughter wanted to celebrate her birthday with their relatives. As Mandavya was flowing menacingly near a bridge in Vandadi, Basha parked his bike aside and the trio tried to cross the river. Shaziya and Sazir were walking ahead, while Basha was following them. Due to heavy flow, the two siblings were washed away even as their father watched helplessly the CI said. , Nellore reels under penna fury Rain toll increases to 35; Tirupati on edge as Rayalacheruvu breach likely; people of 18 villages evacuated E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 44,275 SHIFTED to RELIEF CAMPS, MORE RAINS LIKELY IN COASTAL AP @ Nellore / Vijayawada The heavy rains that triggered floods in Rayalaseema and Nellore continue to wreak havoc with Nellore city and its suburbs still under a sheet of water. The possibility of breach of the ancient Rayalacheruvu in Chittoor district has kept officials on their toes. The death toll in the devastation climbed to 35 with the recovery of four more bodies in Cheyyeru deluge. Two siblings in Kadapa and a polytechnic student in Nellore met watery grave. Road and rail connectivity to Chennai and further south got snapped with the Penna river floods causing severe damage to highways and railway tracks in Nellore district. The Vijayawada-Chennai grand trunk section’s rail route and the A woman and her 2-year-old daughter were rescued from a collapsed building in Kadapa As many as 44,275 rain affected people were shifted to 92 relief camps in Nellore district More than 30 villages adjacent to Penna were flooded following heavy inflows into the river About 200 metres of NH-16 between Kolkata and Chennai was badly damaged near Kovur Five villages in Nambulapulakunta mandal remain cut off from the rest of Anantapur district for the eighth day on Sunday due to flooding of roads | fULL COVERAGE P3, P4 A large portion of the railway track between Nellore and Padugupadu stations in the ChennaiVijayawada section was badly damaged The SCR cancelled 17 express trains on the Vijayawada-Chennai route due to track damage The TTD restored vehicular movement on two Tirumala ghat roads after clearing boulders NH-16 between Chennai and Kolkata are vital routes as they connect the south and the east. As the Penna floodwater overflowed on the railway tracks, a large portion of the track between Nellore and Padugupadu stations was damaged. The South Central Railway cancelled or diverted several express trains connecting the south to the west India due to damage of tracks in Vijayawada division and in Rajampet-Nandalur section of Guntakal division. Hundreds of vehicles got stranded on the Chennai-Kolkata national highway and they were diverted via alternative routes to reach their destinations. In Nellore district, Penna water entered several low-lying areas in Nellore city and its suburbs, including a few villages in Atmakur and Nellore P4 revenue divisions. Rescue teams continued search operations for missing villagers in Cheyyeru deluge in Rajampet mandal on Sunday At least 26 villagers . living downstream of Annamayya project on Cheyyeru went missing when its earthen bund breached on Friday morning. Seventeen bodies were found so far. Even 48 hours after the calamity, several villagers are still unaware of the fate of their dear ones. They have not given up hope of seeing their dear ones alive. “The deluge was all out of blue. My friend P Chennakesavulu went missing. I pray for his safe retur n,” said M Narayana of Pulapathuru. The deluge left a trail of destruction in the villages. Majority of people had lost all their belongings. Ramachandra Reddy of Gundluru said he had incurred a huge loss as the crop in his two acres of land was completely damaged. His house was also totally destroyed. “Large piles of mud have accumulated in my fields and my house has suffered damage P4 beyond repair,” he lamented.
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