Main rail, road routes cut as Penna river in Andhra Pradesh

Main rail, road routes cut as Penna river in Andhra Pradesh

: Major rail and road routes connecting south and east in Andhra Pradesh were cut off on Sunday due to the massive devastation in the Penna river.

Chennai-Kolkata National Highway-16 had to be closed for traffic in SPS Nellore district following heavy road violations at Padugupadu.

At least 17 express trains on the Chennai-Vijayawada Grand Trunk route were canceled due to flooding of railway tracks at Padugupadu. Three other trains were partially canceled or diverted.

The State Disaster Management Authority said that over two lakh cusecs of flood water flowed out of Somsila reservoir in SPS Nellore district, causing the floods.

This also broke the National Highway-16 at Kovuru.

As a result, traffic on NH-16 between Nellore and Vijayawada has been suspended, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded for kilometers on either side.

Hundreds of passengers got stuck at Nellore RTC bus station due to disruption of bus service.

Vehicles coming from Srikalahasti have been stopped at Tottembedu check post and diverted via Pamuru and Darsi, officials said.

In Cuddapah district, a bridge over the Papagni river at Kamalapuram collapsed, cutting off road connectivity between Cuddapah and Anantapuram districts.

Officials said flood waters were pouring out of the Veligallu reservoir, causing the bridge to collapse.

In Cuddapah town, a three-storey building collapsed in the early hours of Sunday, but there were no casualties as the prisoners escaped safely minutes before the incident.

A mother and child trapped on the second floor were rescued by police and firefighters.

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