An alert has also been sounded, warning fishermen in the areas not to venture into sea

Coastal Andhra also faces the brunt as rains bring daily life to a haltFile photo: Facebook/Andhra Pradesh CM
news Andhra Rains Thursday, December 03, 2015 - 11:21

While Tamil Nadu continues to reel under a spell of heavy rain, south coastal Andhra Pradesh and parts of Rayalseema are also under the influence of the low pressure over Bay of Bengal.

Reports suggest that while Andhra's north coast and Rayalseema will see moderate rain and thundershowers on Thursday, the state's south coast bordering Tamil Nadu will still bear the brunt.

An alert has also been sounded, warning fishermen in the areas not to venture into sea till Thursday evening.

On the damage in Chittoor, a report in The Hindu adds:

Nagalapuram mandal was badly battered, as it witnessed 105.5 mm rain in just 12 hours. With Akkamadugu stream in spate, Nandanam, Kottakadu and Vembakkam villages were cut-off from the mandal headquarters town. While vehicular movement is ruled out, police stood guard to help people treading over the culvert towards the affected villages.

Many tanks in the area were also upto the brim and officials have lifted all six gates of the Araniar Project.

On the situation in Nellore, a report in NDTV adds:

Low-lying areas were inundated and several rivulets were in spate in Nellore and Chittoor districts due to fresh spell of rains, triggered by a low pressure in the Bay of Bengal....State Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas has visited some of the localities hit by heavy rains in Nellore district and discussed relief measures with officials.

All three road routes from Tirupati to Chennai were also damaged, with two of them still unfit for use and one under restoration. The alternative route involves a detour of 50 km.

Earlier, many streets in Tirumala were knee-deep in water and the TTD closed down the second ghat road and the pedestrian pathways to the temple as a precautionary measure.

It also appealed to devotees and advised them on not to bring children and elderly to the temple till the weather gets better.  

The APSRTC, which had temporarily halted its services on some routes is contemplating to run the buses again if the situation gets better.

The Times of India reported that hundreds of trucks were stranded on national highway-16 at various places, right from Ongole to Tada in Nellore district, with flood waters overflowing on the bridges and roads. At some of the stretches, the water was flowing three to four feet above the road. 

Last week, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu sounded an SOS to prime minister Narendra Modi, seeking an immediate release of Rs 1,000 crore for use for relief and restoration operations in the rain-affected districts in the state.

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