Rain wreaks havoc in Tirupati

Rain wreaks havoc in Tirupati
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Three huts collapsed in Uppangi Harijanawada area in the city and few trees were uprooted in the rain accompanied by heavy winds. The streets in Harijanawada were inundated with the overflowing drain water as the flow of water was obstructed due to the construction of a wall along the railway line to check encroachments, leading to water-logging. 

Tirupati: The heavy rains in the city on Thursday night wreaked havoc in many localities, more so, in the low-lying areas, resulting in the disruption of power supply in most parts of the city.

Three huts collapsed in Uppangi Harijanawada area in the city and few trees were uprooted in the rain accompanied by heavy winds. The streets in Harijanawada were inundated with the overflowing drain water as the flow of water was obstructed due to the construction of a wall along the railway line to check encroachments, leading to water-logging.

The stagnant water on roads forced the residents to wade through knee-deep deep water. Officials from the Electricity department restored power supply in the early hours of Friday.

Former MLA and YSRCP Central Committee member B Karunakar Reddy visited the families affected by heavy rain and flayed Sub-Collector Himamsu Sukla’s indifferent attitude towards the poor.

Water-logging due to overflowing of drains persisted till noon even after the rains ceased early in the morning in many areas including Sankarambadi Circle, Railway under Bridge (RuB) and Kothapalli in Korlagunta area, where traffic was completely paralysed.

It was learnt that the Corporation officials and staff were busy with Vanam-Manam programme, which was launched by Forests and Environment Minister B Gopalakrishna Reddy in the city.

The downpour on Tirumala saw the two completely dried-up waterfalls Kapila Theertham and Malavanigundam coming to life, resulting in the full flow of the two streams. With the Tirupati Municipal Corporation officials taking up desilting of the streams and drains, the stagnant water on roads was diverted in most of the localities.

According to official sources, Tirupati Urban mandal received a record rainfall of 143 mm while Tirupati Rural received 116 mm. The district reported widespread heavy rains covering almost all the 66 mandals. In 25 mandals, the rainfall ranged from 50 mm to 165 mm. Ramachandrapuram recorded highest rainfall of 162 mm.

The heavy rains (in millimeters in brackets) in Puthalapattu (134), Gangavaram (150), Palamaner (110), Penumur (119), Tavanampalli (101), Irala (115), V Kota (102), Renigunta (140), and Chandragiri (128) resulted in many rivulets and streams flowing in full spate. Due to the heavy rains in the upper reaches, Gargeya Nadi overflowed on the causeway in Kanipakam. Many dams including Kalyani dam received huge inflows due to heavy rain in Tirumala.

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