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Incessant rain paralyses life in Tirupati

Incessant rain paralyses life in Tirupati
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The incessant rain in the pilgrim city including Tirumala has thrown normal life out of gear on Monday. The city witnessed continuous downpour for 8 hours beginning from 2.30 am. Flood water has entered the Srivari temple near Ranganayakula Mandapam, Bangaru Vakili and other localities near temple premises.

Tirupati: The incessant rain in the pilgrim city including Tirumala has thrown normal life out of gear on Monday. The city witnessed continuous downpour for 8 hours beginning from 2.30 am. Flood water has entered the Srivari temple near Ranganayakula Mandapam, Bangaru Vakili and other localities near temple premises.

Highlights:

  • Flood water enters Srivari temple; engineering staff use motor pumps to drain out water
  • Pilgrims face difficulties due to continuous rain
  • Civic body chief inspects low-lying areas in Tirupati
  • TTD security authorities regulate vehicular traffic on Tirupati-Tirumala ghat roads

The TTD engineering staff used motor pumps to drain out flood water from the temple. Pilgrims, who had darshan in the early hours, faced difficulties to come out of the temple. Devotees took shelter under the Nadha Neerajanam and other places located opposite of the temple. Four mada streets were also flooded with rain water. Pilgrims, who have been staying at various cottages and rest houses, were forced to stay indoors.

To avoid road accidents on the ghat roads, the TTD security officials alerted the drivers of four-wheelers to drive cautiously in between ghat roads from Tirupati to Tirumala and vice versa due to heavy downpour. The TTD authorities have regulated the vehicular traffic on ghat roads and no landslide incidents were reported.

Low-lying areas in Tirupati were inundated and flood water entered the houses. The commuters had a tough time with stagnation of water at DR Mahal railway under-bridge and West Church railway-bridge. The municipal staff have pumped out the flood water from the railway under-bridges.

Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) Commissioner C Hari Kiran inspected the colonies located in the low-lying areas in the early hours of Monday. The Commissioner instructed the municipal engineering staff to drain out the flood water from the colonies into drains. He also advised the engineering officials to engage the high horsepower motors for pumping out the flood water.

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