“High Alert, Attention To Bridges” In Andhra As More Rainfall Expected

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Andhra Pradesh is bracing for more heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours – IMD Hyderabad has warned of thunderstorms along coastal regions in the state – after a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal crossed the coast near Kakinada on Tuesday, causing widespread flooding and damage across both the state and Telangana, and leaving at least six people dead.

The Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy wrote to senior district and police officials on Tuesday, urging them to be on “high alert”.

Massive flooding and waterlogging are likely to occur in low-lying areas. Uprooting of trees and electricity poles are also expected and could cause disruption to normal activities, the Chief Secretary, Somesh Kumar, said in his letter

“Reservoirs, tanks and streams may overflow and cause low bridges and causeways to be flooded, posing threat to traffic and people. District Collectors and SPs (Superintendent of Police) are requested to put respective district administrations on alert and strictly follow flood protocols communicated earlier,” Mr Kumar wrote.

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