Andhra reels, Karnataka flood recedes

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Hyderabad, Bangalore: Andhra Pradesh still flooded:

Danger lurks over the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh that is going to receive an unprecedented inflow of waters from the Nagarjunasagar dam over the next few hours. The administration is trying to minimise losses.

The district takes its name from river Krishna and the farmers owe their prosperity to it. But on Sunday night, the people here are more scared and fearful of the steadily rising levels of the Krishna.

Over 10 lakh cusecs of water will reach Prakasam Barrage over the next few hours. That is expected to flood Vijayawada and several island villages. The administration has to evacuate another 1.3 lakh people by Monday morning to safer areas.

Kurnool, Mahbubnagar, Krishna and Guntur are theworst affected districts in Andhra Pradesh, where 37 people have now died in the floods.Close to three lakh people are in relief camps across the state.

Situation improves in Karnataka:

However, the situation is improving in Karnataka. Though the waters are now receding, Bijapur, Bagalkote, Raichur, Koppal and Gulbarga districts remain the worst affected. In the last 24 hours, the number of dead in the Karnataka flood havoc has gone up from 130 to 170.

Close to 600 relief camps have been set up across the state.

The fact that the water is receding in Karnataka is a good sign, but clearly there is a long way to go before life can return to normal.

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