Hyderabad: The Army, Navy and Air Force have been called in to help 25,000 people stuck in Western Andhra's Kurnool district, which has been flooded for 36 hours.
Mahbubnagar and Krishna districts are also totally submerged, with both the Tungabhadra and the Krishna rivers flowing at unprecedented levels. The famous temple town of Mantralayam has been under 10 feet of water for more than a day. Kurnool town remains totally inaccessible, making it tough for rescue operations.
Rescue personnel evacuated 1.5 lakh people in Kurnool district, 1.34 lakh people in Mahaboobnagar district, 15,000 people in Krishna district and 5,000 flood victims in Guntur district.
At Beachpally, National Highway 7, which connects Hyderabad and Bangalore, has become Ground Zero for rescue operations for Kurnool and Mehboobnagar. Air force choppers are dropping food packets and milk to these areas.
At least 41 villages in the coastal Krishna district have been evacuated. Bus services from Hyderabad to Rayalaseema have been suspended.