Pilgrims stranded as heavy rain flooded the temple city of Tirupati. See pictures – Nach Welt

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The four Maada streets that border the main temple on the Tirumala Hills remained flooded

AmaravatiTirupati:

Tirumala, the residence of Lord Venkateswara, was hit by a tremendous flood of unprecedented proportions on Thursday that stranded hundreds of pilgrims, even as a heavy downpour under the influence of a depression in the Bay of Bengal hit the temple city of Tirupati and many parts of the Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh.

The four ‘Maada Streets’ that border the main temple on the Tirumala Hills remained flooded, as did the Vaikuntham Queuing Complex (basement).

The god’s darshan had practically stalled as the pilgrims could not go out because of the flood.

Several streets were flooded after heavy rain

The Japali Anjaneya Swamy Temple on Tirumala was flooded and the idol of God submerged.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam officials provided free food and accommodation for the pilgrims stranded on the sacred hills.

The TTD board member KS Jawahar Reddy has declared Friday a public holiday for the office staff in view of the situation.

The two ghat streets leading to the Tirumala Hills have been closed to traffic after the flood and landslides, official sources close to PTI said.

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The temple city was hit by a massive flood after heavy rains

The pedestrian stairs that led from Alipiri to the temple had also been blocked, it said.

The Tirupati International Airport in Renigunta also remained flooded, forcing authorities to stop landing aircraft.

Airport Director S. Suresh said two passenger flights scheduled to land in Tirupati from Hyderabad and Bengaluru have been asked to return. A scheduled flight from New Delhi has been canceled due to the prevailing weather conditions, he added.

The office of the additional TTD executive officer in Tirumala remained stranded, as did many guest houses.

A landslide damaged three rooms at the Narayanagiri guest house complex, but nothing unusual was reported as the rooms were unoccupied, official sources said.

Pilgrims who stayed in other rooms in Narayanagiri and the nearby SV Guest House were moved to other accommodations.

In Srinivasa Mangapuram, near Tirupati, two cars were washed away when the Swarnamukhi River remained in flood.

A bridge on the Renigunta-Kadapa highway remained in a precarious position near Anjaneyapuram. A truck was stranded on the bridge, causing a traffic jam on both sides even when police reached the point for a rescue operation.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy spoke to Chittoor District collector M Hari Narayanan and reviewed the situation.

Mr Jagan urged the collector to closely monitor the water levels and take the necessary steps accordingly, according to a press release from the CMO.

“Hire NDRF and SDRF teams and conduct rescue and relief operations. All line departments should remain on alert and take the necessary measures depending on the situation, ”said the Prime Minister.

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