Andhra Pradesh Floods: Three Dead, Thirty Missing

Tirumala : At least three people died and 30 others are missing following a flash flood in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh on Friday. Several villages were inundated after a dam breach led to the overflowing of the Cheyyeru river. The Swami Ananda Temple in Nandalur was also submerged.

Heavy Rains are spelling down and disturbing the normal lives at southern states. Andhra Pradesh on Thursday saw roads inundated in Tirupati. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the authorities to be vigilant and take necessary measures in wake of the inclement weather.

Hundreds of pilgrims were left stranded as Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, was caught in a massive flood of unprecedented scale.Due to the influence of a depression in Bay of Bengal battered the temple-town Tirupati and many parts of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh witnessed heavy rainfall.

The four ‘maada streets’ adjoining the main temple on Tirumala Hills, remained flooded, as was the Vaikuntham queue complex (cellar). Darshan of the God was virtually stalled as pilgrims could not venture out because of the inundation.

The Japali Anjaneya Swamy temple on Tirumala was inundated and idol of the God submerged.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams officials made arrangement for free food and accommodation for the pilgrims stranded on the holy hills.

TTD Executive Officer K S Jawahar Reddy declared a holiday on Friday for the office staff in view of the situation.

The two ghat roads leading to the Tirumala Hills were closed for traffic following the flood and landslides, official sources said.

The pedestrian stairway leading to the temple from Alipiri was also closed down, they said.

The Tirupati International Airport at Renigunta also remained inundated, forcing the authorities to stop landing of incoming aircraft.

Airport Director S Suresh said two passenger flights scheduled to land in Tirupati from Hyderabad and Bengaluru were asked to return.

A scheduled flight from New Delhi has been cancelled due to the prevailing weather condition, he added. The TTD Additional Executive Officer’s office in Tirumala remained marooned, as were many guest houses.

A landslide damaged three rooms at the Narayanagiri guest house complex but nothing untoward has been reported as the rooms were unoccupied, official sources said.

Pilgrims staying in other rooms in Narayanagiri and nearby S V guest house were shifted to other accommodation.

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