In news pertaining to the Andhra floods that have wreaked havoc in the state, at least 12 people traveling from a RTC bus died and remaining 18 were washed away & are reported missing. According to reports, buses from the Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) were stuck in the flooded villages of Mandapalle, Akepadu, Nandalur.
After the rescue teams were brought in, as many as 12 bodies were recovered in Rajampet municipality in Kapada district. Visuals on social media show buses half submerged in flooded streets and half above the waters. Some videos also show how the driver and some passengers of the bus took to the roof of the bus to save themselves.
While no official death toll has been revealed by the state government, news reports are filled with several rainfall related incidents where people have been reported dead or missing so far.
History truly repeats itself. In October 2020, heavy torrential rain led to devastating losses of lives, crops and property. Estimates from various news reports claimed that the loss was worth Rs. 4,500 crores for the state. In the 2020 Assam flooding, as many as 14 people were also reported dead.
It is November 2021, and almost like a clockwork, Assam is witnessing heavy rainfall that has led to flash floods in the state. The heavy rainfall has been the consequence of a depression in Bay of Bengal. Several parts of Andhra Pradesh, including Chittoor, Kapada have been battered by rains with no respite. Further, the Indian Met Department has predicated even more rainfall.
The Facts of the Matter
Several regions of Andhra Pradesh including Kapada, Anantapur and Chittoor have been witnessing heavy torrential rain since Thursday. The rainfall has been caused due to the Bay of Bengal depression that hit southern Andhra coasts on the wee hours of Thursday.
Social media too was flooded with horrific visuals of houses submerged, people being swept away, and vast land marooned due to the flash floods. In one such video, a bus can be seen being submerged in water due to the flooded streets.
18 Missing, 12 Dead From 3 Buses Stuck in Flash Floods
In that particular incident, at least 12 people have been reported dead while 18 have been reported missing. Reportedly, at least 3 buses of the Andhra Pradesh RTC were submerged due to the floods triggered by the torrential rainfall in Kadapa district. These buses were stuck in Mandpalle, Nandalur villages.
Watch Video of Bus Submerged in Andhra Floods
A 11-second video encapsulates the devastating consequence of the rainfall. The video shows the APRTC bus completely submerged on a flooded street. The bus completely submerged was reported to be plying people on the Rajampet-Nandalur route.
Atleast 3 people, including the conductor of a #RTCbus and 2 passenger in the vehicle, were reportedly washed away in gushing waters #Flashfloods of #Cheyyeru stream in #Rajampet mandal of #Kadapa district.#KadapaFloods #KadapaRains #Andhrapradeshrains pic.twitter.com/sRAOaqxf1t
— Surya Reddy (@jsuryareddy67) November 19, 2021
The same video shows another bus being stuck on the street. The passengers of the bus can also be seen sitting and standing on the roof, waiting to be rescued.
— Phanindra Papasani (@PhanindraP_TNIE) November 19, 2021
Bodies of 3 persons were recovered from an RTC bus while 7 bodies were found in Gundluru and 3 bodies were recovered from Rayavaram area, The News Minute reported.
IAF Rescues 10 People, Stranded People Were on JCB
Amid all the doom and gloom, 10 people were rescued by the IAF. The stranded people were stuck in the Chitravati river at Veldurthi village on top of a JCB excavator. The rescue mission was carried out by IAF’s Mi-17 chopper. The police also reported that NDRF, SDRF, Fire Service personnel were also involved in the rescue mission
#APPolice Rescue Operations:
10 people stranded in Chitravathi river, #Anantapur District were Airlifted & #Rescue d with the help of #IndianAirforce chopper.
NDRF,SDRF,Fire,Revenue Depts & Swimmers also participated in the operation.
Special thanks to @IAF_MCC for saving lives. pic.twitter.com/HUpHRoUXrT
— Andhra Pradesh Police (@APPOLICE100) November 19, 2021
Andhra CM to Conduct Aerial Survey
Meanwhile, Andhra CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will conduct a survey to take a stock of the situation on November 20. Earlier, PM Narendra Modi also spoke to the state CM to take a review of the situation. CM informed the Prime Minister about the steps taken so far by the state administration to help people.