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Rain havoc: 1 killed, 5 injured in wall collapse

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The rain caused by low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal wreaked havoc in six districts, particularly Mahabubnagar where Atchampet recorded a heavy fall of 18 cm, the highest reported by the place on any single day so far.

One person was killed and five others injured in a wall collapse at Manganur in the district where Kalwakurthy recorded 14 cm of rain, Kodangal 10 cm, Shadnagar 9 cm and Mahabunagar 8 cm.

Nearly 30 houses collapsed as low-lying areas in the district were inundated and four tanks developed breaches.

Moderate to heavy rains were also reported from other parts of the State, especially West Godavari, Guntur, Nalgonda, Krishna, Kurnool and Ranga Reddy districts. Rain water entered vast areas of paddy fields in Guntur, West Godavari and Krishna districts, worrying farmers.

Onteddupalli, Bodemmanuru and Peddammanur in Kurnool district remained cut off following flash floods in Kundu river.

Rain water flowed over roads following breaches to nearby tanks and floods in rivulets, holding up traffic between Manbubnagar and Nalgonda and, to some extent, between Hyderabad and Vijayawada.

As heavy rain is likely to continue on Thursday and Friday, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah directed district Collectors to be on the alert to evacuate people in low-lying areas.

The Met Office said the well-marked low pressure area in the sea would have dissipated by but for a cyclonic storm which was under formation on the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, Srisailam dam was full up as a result of a heavy inflow of 70,000 cusecs of water from Jurala whose six crest gates were opened.

Two of the 12-flood-gates of Srisailam were opened in the evening as there were heavy floods from the upper reaches of the Krishna. The inflows into Srisailam and Jurala have provided a big relief as the hydel stations there generating over 50 million units a day.

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