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    Death toll in AP rains rises to 61

    Hyderabad (PTI): The death toll due to heavy rains lashing Andhra Pradesh for the last five days rose to 61 with three more bodies being fished out from an overflowing rivulet in Guntur district where a lorry was washed away.

    The search parties recovered three bodies from Maddur rivulet in Guntur district and search is still on for the remaining ten passengers of the ill-fated lorry which was swept away by the swirling waters, police said.

    Fire fighters, police and local divers were involved in the search operations.

    Several parts of the state have been battered by torrential rains, triggered by depression over Bay of Bengal.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy visited the accident site, about 300 kms from Hyderabad, and also called on the survivors who were admitted to a local hospital.

    Reddy undertook an aerial survey of West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts which suffered heavy damages in the incessant rains and flash floods.

    Heavy monsoon rains since Tuesday have triggered flash floods in the state capital and nine other districts.

    The Commissioner of Disaster Management K Ratna Prabha told reporters here that 61 people have been killed since Friday last. Over 40,000 people had been shifted to relief camps in seven districts.

    Officials said the rains and breaches in over 800 water tanks had damaged over 3,000 houses and crops in over 1.70 lakh hectares of land.


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