Khammam: Normal life was thrown out of gear as heavy rains pounded erstwhile Khammam district on Monday, with all the mandals witnessing moderate to very heavy rainfall.
Kothagudem district witnessed heavy precipitation and the run-off was very heavy inundating several low-lying areas and cutting off road connectivity to many villages as many streams were overflowing.
Two persons, including a minor, were washed away due to flooding in Kothagudem. In an incident at Jayamma Colony at Paloncha, an eight-year-old girl, S Anjali, was washed away in flood. Her body was found at a surplus weir of Rathicheruvu, a km away from the colony.
In a similar incident, S Papaiah (70), a fisherman, was washed away at Gommugudem village of Cherla mandal on Sunday and his body was not found yet.
Kothagudem witnessed very heavy rainfall of 17.4 cm followed by Paloncha – 16.4 cm, Chuchupally – 16.2 cm, Laxmidevipally – 14.8 cm, Dammapeta – 12.7 cm and Mulakalapalli – 11.2 cm, Tekulapalli – 11.4 cm and Annapureddypalli – 11 cm from 8.30 am to 6 pm, officials informed.
Several other mandals in Khammam and Kothagudem districts received heavy to moderate rain. Transportation on Khammam-Bhadrachalam road was affected as heavy waterlogging occurred at a rail under bridge in Kothagudem.
Two TSRTC buses were stranded in water for some time at the bridge and rescue teams were deployed to evacuate the passengers onboard the buses.
Similarly, transportation was affected at several places as overflowing streams flooded the roads, at Burgampad, Julurpad, Aswapuram and other places. Coal production was affected in SCCL opencast mines at Kothagudem, Yellandu, Manugur and Sathupalli.
Meanwhile, officials lifted five gates of Kinnerasani reservoir at Paloncha to release 26, 000 cusecs of excess water. At Cherla, three gates of Taliperu project were lifted to release 3,632 cusecs of water and villagers downstream were alerted.
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