Many parts of coastal Andhra received incessant rains on Tuesday due to the low-pressure area formed in the Bay of Bengal.
The Times of India reported that the rains over the last 48 hours paralyzed normal life and affecting transport services with certain areas of Prakasam and Guntur district virtually under water.
The report adds:
Durgi in Guntur received a staggering 27.3 cm rain, while Karempudi and Gurazala saw 24.7 cm and 20.6 cm rain respectively. Several towns recorded rains in the range of 12-24 cm. Farmers in the parched Rayalaseema region, however, received rain with cheer as their hopes of reviving the standing crops enhanced with the current spell... Passenger train services between Macherla and Guntur were cancelled after a 500-m portion of the railway tracks at the Gurazala Gate Halt was washed away in the flood caused by Dandi rivulet.
One woman died after the wall of her house collapsed at Karalapadu village in Guntur district.
Some families had to climb onto their rooftops as flood water gushed into their houses. The APSRTC bus station in Gurazala was also inundated disrupting bus services. Road transport between many villages in Palnadu remained cut off as the rivulets remained in spate, spilling flood water onto the causeways. Flood water was flowing menacingly close to the Addanki-Narketpalli highway that connects Telangana with Andhra Pradesh.
Four trains were cancelled and few other were partially cancelled.
Andhra was facing the brunt of an extreme heat wave, which resulted in 723 deaths in the last four months.
Telugu Desam member Modugula Venugopala Reddy told the state Assembly â€œLast year, 1369 deaths were reported due to heat wave. The toll was 448 in 2014 and 861 in 2013. A comprehensive heat wave action plan was adopted and being implemented in three phases from January. The government has undertaken an extensive awareness campaign on the precautionary measures to be followed by people."