Kumram Bheem Asifabad/Mancherial: Over 50 persons including women and children stranded in flood-hit areas in Kumram Bheem Asifabad and Mancherial districts were rescued in a joint operation by the police and the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) on Thursday night.
In the first incident, at least 40 persons including women and young girls, who were stranded between two streams, were rescued by the police at Komatiguda village in Wankidi mandal on Thursday night. They were stranded in the floods caused by heavy rains that lashed several parts of the district.
Superintendent of Police (Administration) YVS Sudheendra, Wankidi and his team rescued the school-going children, women and elderly people of the village.
In a similar incident, nine construction workers were stranded in a temporary camp where they were staying on the shores of Peddavagu near Penchikalpet mandal following floods on Thursday night. Rescue operations are still on to bring them to safety.
Peddavagu, a tributary of Godavari, is in spate following discharge of surplus water from Kumram Bheem project, submerging the camp where the workers were residing to build a high-level bridge across the water body.
Meanwhile, two colonies in Mancherial town were inundated by floodwaters caused by heavy rains in the upstream area of Rallavagau. The residents were rescued in a joint operation by local policemen and National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF). Around 20 residents of the LIC Colony and NTR Colony were stranded in floods that partially submerged their houses.
On coming to know about their plight, Inspector ML Mutti Linagaiah, Sub-Inspector V Praveen Kumar rushed to the spot and took up rescue operations. They, along with members of the NDRF team, brought the residents to safer places using boats.
Three youngsters, who were stranded on a tiny island on a minor irrigation project at Komatichenu village in Kasipet mandal, were rescued by Mandamarri police on Thursday night. Mandamarri Inspector Pramood Rao, Devapur Sub-Inspector Vijayender and his counterpart from Kasipet Naresh rescued the three.
Low-lying areas in some villages in Hajipur mandal were submerged following discharge of surplus water from the Sripada Yellampalli project, causing inconvenience to residents. Hajipur Sub-Inspector Chandrasekhar shifted the flood-hit families to safer places using boats with the help of locals at Vempalli, Mulkalla and other villages.
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