Chittoor, Nellore and Kadapa districts bordering Tamil Nadu received heavy rains for a second day, inundating dozens of villages and disrupting road and rail transport. The rains, under the impact of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, have resulted in large-scale damage to crops in the districts besides wrecking havoc in Tamil Nadu.

All five deaths in Andhra Pradesh were reported from Chittoor while two people were missing. Flash floods also claimed the lives of 80 cattle and damaged 80 houses. For a second day, all educational institutions in Chittoor district declared a holiday.

River, rivulets, tanks and streams in the affected districts overflowed. In Nellore districts, 40 villages were marooned. Officials said at least 100 tanks have breached. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the situation with top officials in Vijayawada. Minister for Municipal Administration P Narayana told reporters in Nellore that two Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters had been kept ready in Chennai to rescue people stranded by flood waters in Nellore.

The choppers, however, could not take off due to bad weather. The minister said 10,000 food packets were ready for air drop in the marooned villages. The authorities have shifted 5,000 people to relief camps.

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