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Andhra Pradesh rains: Death toll rises to 24, over 30 missing

Visuals from the temple town of Tirupati show hundreds of pilgrims trapped in massive floods.

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  • According to the government, 230 relief camps have been set up and food, water packets and rice are being distributed to the affected people.

TIRUPATI-  24 people have been reported dead and many others washed away in floods following incessant rains in Andhra Pradesh. The worst affected places was the temple town of Tirupati . Visuals from the temple town of Tirupati show hundreds of pilgrims trapped in massive floods.

At least 24 people have died in the state and many are reported missing in floods that affected the Rayalaseema region of the state. Several districts have suffered extensive damage after rains brought in by two depressions that developed in the Bay of Bengal lead to torrential flooding.

Andhra Pradesh rains: Death toll rises to 24, over 30 missing

One of the worst affected places was the temple town of Tirupati in Chittoor district where huge amounts of water from upstream and from Tirumala Hills led to Swarnamukhi river going into spate, reservoirs getting full and flooding. Ghat road and walkways to Tirumala Hills have been closed. Seven people have died in the district due to flooding or electrocution.

National and state disaster relief teams have been deployed to handle the situation and rescue operations are in full swing. The floods have damaged the roads at many places and rail, road and air traffic have been hit. Kadapa airport will remain closed till November 25.

Andhra Pradesh rains: Death toll rises to 24, over 30 missing

Seven teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), four of them deployed in Kadapa and nine teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been pressed into rescue and relief operations. Two helicopters, one each in Kadapa and Ananthapur districts, have also been made available.

Rains have caused disruptions in Tamil Nadu and Kerala as well. In Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, the pilgrimage to Pamba and Sabarimala tomorrow has been prohibited because of rising water levels in the Pamba river.

According to the government, 230 relief camps have been set up and food, water packets and rice are being distributed to the affected people. The government is also offering financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per person or Rs 2,000 per family who have been moved into relief camps.

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