Six casualties in Guntur; hopes of paddy, mango farmers dashed at many places
Heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning killed 11 persons in three districts of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.
Six deaths were reported from Guntur district and five from Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts.
In Guntur district, a massive cloudburst killed six persons, four of them agriculturists, besides causing heavy loss of property. Kondepati Venkat Rao (50) and S. Madhavi (35) died while working in the farm at Pusuluru village in Pedanandipadu mandal. Gutupalli Gopi was also struck by lightning at his field at Pedamakkena village of Sattenapalli mandal. Vejendla Ratna Kumari of Ananthavarampadu village in Vettichrukuru mandal, Kasam Kumari of Rajupalem village and another farmer from Bellamkonda were the other victims.
According to the Vizianagaram police, Pilli Yellamma (62), a daily wage labourer from Nadimintibonda of Balijipet, was killed on her way home. Reddi Simhachalam of Venkataramanapeta in Parvatipuram mandal, died on the spot.
China Ammoru (30), a fisherman from Kondajupalem of Bhogapuram mandal, and another fisherman from Tippalavalasa of Pusapatirega mandal were the other two victims.
Visalakshi (60) from Faridpet of Etcherla mandal in Srikakulam district died on the spot while returning home from the fields.
Cattle was also at the receiving end of nature’s fury. Lightning strikes killed two buffaloes at Mandadam village of Thullur mandal and banana plantations in over 200 acres were uprooted at Uddandrayunivaripalem.
Guntur District Collector Kona Sasidhar placed the entire administration on high alert. A toll free number 1800-425-4099 had been activated.
In East Godavari district, rains coupled with gales dashed the hopes of the mango farmers. Paddy harvest is halfway through and the first crop of mangoes is yet to enter the market.
Several low-lying areas of Visakhapatnam city, particularly the One Town area, Jnanapuram and Chavulamadum came under water after the downpour.
Visakhapatnam Special Correspondent adds: Coastal Andhra Pradesh and parts of Rayalaseema will experience thunderstorm with squally winds in the next 24 hours.
Strong surface winds from south-westerly direction with speed reaching 45-50 Kmph is likely to be persist along and off North Coastal Andhra Pradesh and South Coastal region of the State.
Meanwhile, three fishermen from Pedda Jalaripeta area of Visakhapatnam, who ventured into the sea in the morning, had not returned till late in the night.