Cyclone Gulab : Heavy Rains lash Vizag for 36 hrs, low lying areas under sheet of water

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Visakhapatnam Sep 28 : In the wake of Cyclone Gulab, which made its landfall, about 20 kms North of Kalingapatnam on Sunday evening, Heavy rains battered the port city Visakhapatnam and its surrounding areas for about 36 hours under its impact.

From the steady drizzle that began on Sunday morning, heavy rain lashed the city for the last 36 hours and many low-lying areas were covered under sheets of water.

Few areas such as Beach road, Bheemunipatnam, Pothinamallayya palem and Kailasagiri had witnessed strong wind which resulted in uprooting of a number of trees and a few houses in Pedajalaripeta and Mangamaripeta located, along the coast, witnessed damages.

Many low-lying areas such as Gnanapuram, Velampeta and some areas in the old town, Gajuwaka, Naiduthota, Thatichetlapalem were flooded with water.
A woman died due to the collapse of a boundary wall on her in Pendurthi area.

Police said the entry to both the ghat roads leading to the Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Simhachalam hill were stopped by the authorities concerned after a boulder fell on the road and heavy water flowed on the steps way to the temple.

Most parts of the city did not have power supply since Sunday due to damages to transformers and uprooting of electrical poles in various places.
Authorities are taking steps to restore power supply on war footing.

Waterlogging at the International Airport at Visakhapatnam hit the passenger movement.

The passengers coming into the city by flights and those going to the Airport to take flight, had a tough time as the approach road from the National Highway-16 to the terminal building was waterlogged.

However there were no cancellation of flights but a few of the flight operators were asked to delay their departure.

According to Airport authorities, 21 arrivals and 19 departures of flights were cleared by 2100 hours on Monday.

District Collector A.Mallikarjuna , Greater Vizag Municipal Corporation Commissioner G.Srijana and other officials visited many parts of the areas and evacuated a number of families to the shelter homes as there was flooding and danger of landslides.

Almost all canals and reservoirs like the Sarada river, Pedderu and Meghadri Gedda reservoirs received heavy flows and filled to the brim.

The Akshaya Patra foundation Visakhapatnam distributed food packets to those who were affected by the Cyclone.


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