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Six killed as rain lashes State

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Continuous downpour: A rain-drenched street in Anantapur.

HYDERABAD: Widespread heavy rain, caused by an upper air cyclonic trough, lashed the State for the second day on Sunday, claiming six lives and extensively damaging standing crops in several districts.

Five of the casualties were from Kurnool district, while one death occurred in Hyderabad. Three persons were killed at Pesaravai due to lightning. A wall-collapse and electrocution claimed two lives at Gonegandla and Kallur, both in Kurnool district.

Crop damage

Damage to crops, including mango, chilli, maize, pulses, tobacco and cotton was reported from some districts.

Kodangal in Mahabubnagar district, which faced the brunt of the fury, recorded 18 cm rain, while Mahabubnagar town received 9 cm. Heavy rainfall (7 cm) battered Hyderabad where residents woke up to a torrential downpour. Normal life was affected, as several low-lying areas were inundated. Congregations thinned for Easter services.

Summer day temperatures, which were unbearable, plummeted drastically all over the State. Rain gave relief to AP Transco, which was battling till the other day, to cope with the increased power demand that touched 200-million unit mark.

Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who was forced to cancel his scheduled trip to Mahabubnagar district due to inclement weather, reviewed the situation.

He instructed officials to ensure input subsidy to farmers against crop damage and immediately disburse ex gratia to families affected by deaths.

Alert in State

Disaster Management Commissioner Preeti Sudan later said all the Coastal districts and Telangana had been put on alert in view of the heavy rainfall warning issued by the State Meteorological Centre.

The chief amounts of rainfall during the 24-hour period ended 8.30 am Sunday were: Mantralayam 7 cm, Hakimpet 6, Pargi 5, Vijayawada Airport, Armoor, Banswada, Devarakonda, Dhone, Holagunda, Kalwakurthy, Ramayampet 4 each, Kurnool, Nalgonda, Bhimavaram, Metpalli, Narayankhed, Sangareddy, Wanaparthy, Yemmiganur 3 each and Adilabad, Nizamabad, Rentachintala, Alampur, Alur, Owk, Pathikonda, Bhongir, Miryalguda, Ramannapet, Gudiva

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