Torrential rainfall, floods batter southern states, Andhra worst hit, Karnataka on high alert

by National | 22-11-2021 | 8317 views

New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted widespread light to moderate rainfall in the Southern state, including Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry, during the next 5 days. 

"Light to moderate scattered/fairly widespread rainfall over Karnataka, Kerala & Mahe and Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal during next 5 days. Isolated heavy rainfall over Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal and Kerala & Mahe during next 5 days and over Coastal Karnataka on 21st Nov," IMD tweeted. 

The weather department also predicted that isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely over Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal on November 24 and 25. 

The death toll in rain-related incidents in Andhra Pradesh touched 33 as more bodies were retrieved from the flooded streams. At least 12 people were reported missing in different districts of the state. On Sunday, hundreds of vehicles and people were stranded, traffic was either closed or suspended in arterial highways as the Penna river in spate caused heavy destruction.

According to the South Central Railway, more than 100 express trains were cancelled because of the damage caused to the railway tracks near Nellore and 29 more diverted. Additionally, the Chennai-Mumbai rail route that runs through Kadapa district also remained shut as the tracks got washed away near Nandalur

The Andhra government said 2,007 houses were damaged in four flood-hit districts, the highest being 911 in Chittoor, causing a loss of Rs 5.18 crore. The loss on account of cattle and livestock was Rs 2.47 crore in these districts. The state government also ordered free distribution of 25 kg rice, one kg red gram dal, one litre of edible oil, a kg each of potatoes and onion to the flood-affected families.

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