Hyderabad: Seven more people died as heavy rain continued in coastal Andhra Pradesh for the fifth day yesterday. The death toll in the state is now 29, officials said.
Hundreds of villages remain inundated. Incessant rain, on account of the low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal and the vigorous northeast monsoon, has been lashing parts of the state for nearly a week.
The Krishna and Musi rivers are in spate. Rivulets and tanks are overflowing and low-lying areas have been inundated. Several villages in 16 districts are cut off from the rest of the state. The rains have hit normal life and badly affected road and rail transport. Vehicular traffic on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad highway was diverted through Khammam district.