At least45 die in Andhra and Odisha; thousands evacuated

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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The flood situation in India’s east coast turned grim on Saturday with at least 45 people having lost their lives and thousands evacuated in the last four days in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. After Cyclone Phailin, now a cyclonic storm that turned into a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has caused incessant rains, inundated hundreds of villages and damaged houses and crops.

Not just coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, but even Telangana is also experiencing heavy rain in Andhra Pradesh. Worried about possible breach to embankments and tanks due to flash floods, officials are looking to move people in several areas. Over 67,000 people have been evacuated mainly in Srikakulam and Guntur districts to 135 relief camps. Several hundred villages are cut off.Standing crops in over 4.34 lakh hectares, mainly paddy and cotton, have been inundated and over 800 km of roads are reported to be damaged.

12 National Disaster Response Force or NDRF teams have been deployed in the badly affected districts. In Guntur and Prakasam districts, relief teams rescued marooned passengers of public transport buses.

Heavy to very heavy rain is expected in isolated areas all over state in the next 48 hours.

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