Mantralayam is flooded with heavy rains and flushing water from Tungabhadra River. Even the Moola Brindavana of Guru Raghavendra Swamy temple is drowned in water. Temple authorities have removed the Hundi boxes from the place and shifted them to safe place. Many pilgrims who came from Karnataka are looking for some help to get rid of this water threat. They are in water since the last night.
The Hindu reports:
Around 100 pilgrims, most of them from Karnataka have been trapped in two lodges in the heavily flooded Mantralayam in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh since early hours of Friday. Around Thursday midnight water from the overflowing Tungabhadra gushed into the two lodges belonging to the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Corporation. As water entered the first and second floor rooms, inmates rushed to the terrace and they have been waiting for help since then, Padmanabha of Chickaballapur, one of the trapped pilgrims, told The Hindu over phone from Mantralayam.
According to Sridhar and Shymala, pilgrims from Bellary, there are many senior citizens and children among those trapped in the two adjoining lodges. There around 70 in one building and 25 in the other.
On learning about the plight of the trapped pilgrims, Karnatakas Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar, spoke to the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh in this regard. “The DGP is aware of the situation and he informed me that IAF helicopters have been already pressed into service,” Mr. Kumar told The Hindu.