IANS: Two of the three farmers who were stranded in the floodwaters were rescued by Tirupati police in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district on Thursday. “Tirupati police rescued two persons along with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Efforts are being made to rescue one more,” said a police official.
The three farmers went to check on their water motors in the paddy fields when they got stuck in the overflowing Mallimadugu canal. Mallimadugu is located in Tirupati urban district and falls under the Redigunta Mandal. Chandragiri MLA Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy personally monitored their rescue operation. Police used a rubber dinghy and drones to save the farmers who were hanging onto a couple of trees as floodwaters gush by beneath.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the state of Nivar and heavy rains in the state. Officials informed him that the cyclone crossed the coast, which will gradually weaken. Reddy was apprised about the continuing rains in Yerpedu, Srikalahasti, and Satyavedu in Chittoor district. Officials told him that on average seven cm of rainfall occurred in the Nellore district. They said heavy inflows are expected in the Penna river.
Chief Minister office officials informed Reddy that water will be released from the Somasila project as it is already full and heavy inflows are expected. Reddy directed officials to make all efforts in the light of Nivar. He told officials to take care of a family that got electrocuted in the Nellore district. Likewise, Reddy instructed on evaluating crop loss after the rains stop.