Andhra Pradesh Rains: At Least 12 People Killed; CM Announces Ex Gratia
Heavy rains lash parts of Andhra Pradesh, flooding homes and roads. Tirupati temple closed for devotees.
At least 12 people were killed and 18 others went missing after three buses of Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) were stuck in floods triggered by heavy rains in Kadapa district on Friday, 19 November.
Rescue workers pulled out 12 bodies and were searching for the missing people in Rajampet area.
Andhra Pradesh's YSR-Congress Party government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to families of those who died due to rain havoc in the state. Also, each person affected will be given Rs 1,000 and each family Rs 2,000.
Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also sent special officers to Chittoor, Kadapa and Nellore districts for stalk taking and assistance, as rains lashed the state.
The officers will oversee the flood relief efforts, a release from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister's Office said. The officials are expected to report to the Chief Minister.
On Thursday, 18 November evening several parts of temple town Tirupati was inundated. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), the governing body of Lord Venkateswara Swami Temple in Tirupati, had closed down the religious place for a day.
TTD Issues Statement
TTD issued a statement asking tourists not to visit the hill shrine. Vehicular traffic will not be allowed, for most part of the day, on Ghat Road between Tirumala and Tirupati, the release said.
"For the convenience of devotees, vehicles are allowed on this route from Tirumala to Alipiri for one hour and from Alipiri to Tirumala for one hour," the release read. TTD will allow vehicles on the route only after assessing the situation.
In Kadapa, house collapses were reported on Friday.
According to Indian Meteorological Department rains are expected to continue in parts of Andhra Pradesh including Anantapur, Kadapa, Chittoor and Visakhapatnam.
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