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8 dead as rain batters Andhra, Telangana; Hyderabad worst-affected

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India TV News Desk, Hyderabad [Published on:23 Sep 2016, 11:47:08]

At least eight people have died in separate incidents in flood-hit Guntur district as heavy rains continue to lash out Telangana and Andhra Pradesh bringing normal life to a halt.

A high alert has been sounded in Hyderabad, which has been worst hit by incessant rains for the last four days.

Several residential colonies and apartments are inundated due to overflowing sewers and storm water drains.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that the army could be called in to help the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Rapid Action Force who had already been called.

Following the request from the government, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Indian Army swung into action on Friday morning so far, they have evacuated 500 families to the safer places.

The state government has declared a two-day holiday for all educational institutions in Hyderabad while IT companies were urged to provide a work from home option to the employees.

Telangana govt has also asked IT companies in rain-hit Hyderabad to give their employees the option of working from home today and tomorrow

In Andhra's Guntur district unprecedented rain forced at least 5,000 people to be evacuated from their homes and villages to relief camps.

Rail link between Secunderabad and Guntur was cut off for over 30 hours after damage to some railway tracks.  

Choppers were deployed in the rescue operations, while passenger trains were delayed.

The water level in the historic Hussainsagar lake, which has already crossed its full tank level (FTL) of 514.3 ft, is nearing the danger mark with the inflow of 5,000 cusecs.

Several other cities in Telangana are also on high alert against the flood like situation. Places like Ranga Reddy, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar and Medak are also witnessing heavy rains.

Hyderbad battered with rain- India Tv
Hyderbad battered with rain