India: Heavy rains leave at least seven dead in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur

Following met department's warning of 'heavy to very heavy rainfall', schools and offices have been shut in and around the capital city Hyderabad. (Representative Image) Photograph:( AFP )

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India Sep 23, 2016, 07.43 AM (IST)
At least seven people have died in flood-related incidents in the Guntur district of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh as rains battered the region for third consecutive day, Indian news agency ANI reported. 

Two people have been reported missing, according to Indian news agency PTI.  About 7,000 have been evacuated from various parts of the state using ropes to bring people to drier and safer areas. 

Torrential rains occured under the influence of low-pressure area formed over west-central Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of coastal Andhra Pradesh. 

Following the meteorological departments's warning of more “heavy to  very heavy showers” in the next 24 to 48 hours, all schools and offices have been shut in and around the capital city of Hyderabad. 

Chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has called out to officials to help the affected people with medicines.

Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force, India's apex body for disaster management, have been deployed for rescue operations in the state, local media reports said. 

Guntur district is the worst affected districts, having received 42.6 mm of rainfall so far. 

Water from the Basavamma Vagu streams overflowed onto the Guntur-Hyderabad highway, inundating the nearby areas. Heavy rains continued to lash East and west Godavri districts in Andhra Pradesh and roads and villages were swamped with rain water. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)