Andhra vs floods: Battle continues

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Andhra vs floods: Battle continues

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Kurnool district:  The flood threat in Andhra Pradesh seems to be decreasing after five days of devastation.

At least 63 people and 19,862 cattle have perished in the massive flood; 16,20,398 lakh people have been affected in 565 villages in 87 mandals in the state.

Andhra Pradesh Revenue Minister Dharmanna Prasad Rao says no more danger or flood threat to Krishna, Guntur district.

Inflows into Prakasam Barrage is controlled. 10.6 lakh cusecs reached and will only go upto 10.9 lakh cusecs. So threat has abated, says the minister.

Five days after what is being called the worst floods in Andhra Pradesh's history, locals are still fighting the fury of the waters. While some are fleeing to save their life, others are fighting to save their homes and still others are trying to salvage whatever's left of their life's earnings.

The worst floods reportedly in 10,000 years has forced lakhs of people to flee their homes, in whatever mode of transport would save their life.

Not everyone could make it to the safety of a relief camp. Others who had opted to stay near home to safeguard their belongings had to be eventually rescued.

Those who returned home after waters receded, in places like Kurnool town, find hardly anything worthwhile left in the place they called home. There is silt all over.

"TV, fridge, cooler, all of it is gone. There is no water to drink. No place to stay. No one has come to our help. Who should we tell our story of woe, I can't understand," said a flood victim.

In many areas, locals were pitching in to move stones and sandbags to try and stop the breach of river bunds and canals.

"If we don't save that, our houses will be washed away," said another victim.

Considering the scale of the destruction, it is inevitable that there is criticism about inadequate relief.

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"Some people coming forward to help but from the government, we have got no help," said a local.

The Andhra Pradesh government claims that it is only because the administration issued adequate warnings and evacuated people in time that the number of lives lost is relatively less considering the enormity of the floods.

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