Vijayawada: It was famous as one of Andhra's most-prosperous cities. Now, Vijayawada, built on the banks of the River Krishna, has disappeared under water.
A policeman carries seven-month-old Alekhya and her mother, Karuna, out of their house in Vijayawada's Police Colony.
Then it's the turn of Ripika to leave a home she worries she will never see again. "We were hoping the water would recede," she says, "but it didn't."
Many others have abandoned hope. Army and private boats can be seen all over town, evacuating people and moving them to relief camps, including one set up at the local cricket stadium.
The national highway that connects the town to Hyderabad has been flooded. The levels at the Prakasam barrage have been steadily rising, with the swollen Krishna almost kissing the railway bridge and virtually swallowing the areas on both sides of the river.
Rescue operations are tough, the men involved are exhausted. So, when a resident shouts that he wants a boat ride home to recover his belongings, a shouting match follows. Nobody intervenes. After a few minutes, the angry man falls silent. The water laps noisily against buildings, across roads. It is a sound Vijayawada has come to dread.