25 killed, many missing after heavy rain in Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati: Atleast 25 people have been reported dead and many others washed away in floods following incessant rains in Andhra Pradesh.

The four Rayalaseema districts, including Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantapur in Andhra Pradeshare mostly affected and more than 100 persons are feared to have been washed away in separate incidents in the four districts.

Five people, including three children and an aged woman, died in the Kadiri town of Anantapur district after an old three-story building collapsed due to heavy rains late at night.

On Saturday, Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in the Chittoor and YSR districts to assess the damage. He inspected the severely damaged Veligallu and Annamayya project areas and also surveyed Pincha projects and the areas affected by the Cheyyeru River.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the CM over phone and assured him of all help. Officials said the situation on ground was grim on Saturday as well.

The government announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of those killed.

Seven teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), four of them deployed in Kadapa and nine teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been pressed into rescue and relief operations.

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