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At least 100 people were killed and thousands rendered homeless as heavy rains left a trail of destruction in coastal Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, will undertake an aerial survey of the affected districts on Saturday. He asked the officials to take up relief measures on war footing and assist the Railways in helping the stranded passengers at various places.

As torrential rains, triggered by deep depression in Bay of Bengal, threw normal life out of gear for the second day yesterday, the north coastal districts of Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam bore the brunt of nature’s fury with severe disruptions in power supply, road and rail traffic and communications network.

Eighteen people died following landslides triggered by incessant rains — 11 in Parvathipuram of Vizianagaram district and seven at Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam districts, officials said.

Three members of a family died when a tree fell on their house in East Godavari district while six others were killed in wall collapses and flash floods in Srikakulam district bordering Orissa.

Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, who reviewed the rain situation at a high-level meeting here yesterday, directed the officials to take the help of the Army and Navy, if necessary, to carry out relief operations.

Vizag airport flooded

The airport at Visakhapatnam was flooded following heavy rains, prompting the authorities to cancel about half-a-dozen flights for the second day yesterday. The runway was under one feet deep water while power supply to the airport was disrupted following incessant rains.

The cancellation of air services to and from the steel city brought back the memories of similar disruption when the airport was closed for 15 days in October last year.

State Information Minister Mohammad Ali Shabbir said 600 villages, most of them in coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagarm and Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari, were affected by heavy rains.

Director of the Hyderabad weather office M Satyakumar said heavy rains were likely to lash Telangana districts of Khammam, Warangal and Karimnagar over the next two days while incessant rains in the city would continue for another day.

In Vijayawada, 60 of the 130 farmers marooned in four villages– Poonavali, Kasarabala, Ganiathuru, Ramannapeta — have been rescued and two boats have been pressed into service, District Collector Naveen Mittal said.

Power supply was affected in many villages in Srikakulam district where Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers were in spate following heavy rains in the upper reaches in neighbouring Orissa. As many as 238 villages were affected in the district while 1,500 families had been shifted to safer places.

Many trains on Eastern Railway section were running behind schedule as rainwater inundated tracks near Palasa. Services on Kothavalasa-Kirandul were affected as boulders fell on the tracks, sources said.

With the authorities releasing excess water from Nagavali and Vamsadhara, 86 villages in Hiramandalam, Bhamini, Kothuru and Burja Mandals were inundated.

Road traffic was disrupted as flood water overflowed on the roads in Tekkali and Palakonda divisions.

Crops in over 50,000 acres were damaged. The flood discharge at Gotta barrage on Vamsadhara crossed 1.12 lakh cusecs and the river was still receiving heavy inflows.

In Vizianagaram, heavy discharges from Nagavali River at Thotapalli barrage inundated low-lying areas in Vizianagaram, Salur and Bobbili mandals.

The government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 each to the families of those killed in the rains.

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