The water is also reported to have damaged crops in several mandals of Srikakulam district.

MeT Dept predicts respite for Andhra after heavy rains lash northern part of stateImage for representation
news Weather Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 14:30

Heavy rain lashed various parts of northern Andhra, including the districts of Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram on Tuesday, leaving several rivers, including the Vamsadhara, in spate.

This comes a day after the Indian Metereology Department (IMD) and Union Water Ministry issued an advisory regarding very heavy rainfall over the next three days in parts of 12 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Daman and Diu.

There was also a rapid rise in waters of river Godavari, Indravati and their tributaries, affecting 10 districts in Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Reports add that 30 villages lost connectivity with mandal headquarters Indukurupeta in Rampachodavaram Agency area, as a result of the heavy rain.

The floods are also reported to have damaged crops in several mandals.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a review meeting and has taken stock of the situation in Srikakulam.

Speaking to TNM, Srikakulam Collector K Dhanunjaya Reddy said, “Everything is under control, and all the departments have been alerted in the wake of heavy rain. We are constantly reviewing the progress of the water, and are even ready to deal with floods."

"No causalities have been reported so far," he added.

However, the IMD withdrew its alert for Andhra on Wednesday, and said that a low-pressure area over Southwest Madhya Pradesh was responsible for the rain.

"While the rainfall will continue, it will gradually decrease over the course of the next few days, barring some areas, which may witness brief spells of heavy showers," Dr K Nagaratna, the scientist in charge of the Weather Forecasting department at the IMD office in Hyderabad told TNM. 

In June this year, constant rain had resulted in flash floods, as the Nagavali and Kalyani rivers overflowed in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram district. No casualties were reported.


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