Trains were cancelled and traffic on highways stopped, low-lying colonies were inundated.

Two dead and many stranded as rain batters Andhra Guntur worst-hitA street in Vijayawada (Image: PTI)
news Rain Friday, September 23, 2016 - 07:12

Update: The death toll in Guntur has since risen to eight.

Two persons were killed and four others went missing as heavy rains lashed Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, stalling rail and road transport and bringing the normal life to standstill.

The incessant rains for the second consecutive day inundated low-lying areas. Rivulets, streams and tanks were overflowing in south and north coastal districts of the state.

Guntur was the worst-hit with flood water submerging residential areas in towns and villages. Both the deaths were reported from Guntur.

A bus with 40 passengers was caught in flood waters at Vutukuru village in Guntur. Police with the help of locals rescued the passengers.

Some passengers had climbed on top of the bus as the water level rose, desperately looking for help. Though the district administration was trying to arrange a helicopter to save the passengers, the local police swung into action and launched rescue operation.

Trains in the area have been cancelled.

NDTV reported:

Around 7,000 people were evacuated from different colonies in of the city. The National Disaster Response Force has been called in. Till now, locals have used ropes to bring marooned people to safety. Breaches in the walls of ponds have exacerbated the situation.

"It had been raining since 11 pm but in the early hours, between 4 and 8 am, there was record rain," district collector Kantilal Dande told NDTV.

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