Heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in Andhra Pradesh's Rayalaseema with streams, rivulets and rivers overflowing at several places cutting off road links.

Flashfloods left villagers stranded in the middle of a rivulet in Nellore district, while the 1,500-year-old Srikalahasti temple in Chittoor was inundated with rain waters entering the shrine.

Incessant rains pounded Chittoor, Nellore, Kadapa, Prakasam and parts of East Godavari districts, paralysing normal life.

People were forced to remain indoors, while those who ventured out had a tough time negotiating the heavy downpour. River Swarnamukhi, close to the Srikalahasti temple, was in spate as its water flowed into both the temple and the town.

Water continued to get accumulated in the temple. "We are pumping out the rain water continuously," a temple official said.

The Srikalahasti temple gets nearly 30,000 to 40,000 visitors every day, but because of the heavy rain, the pilgrim flow was severely affected.

Nearby, the hill shrine of Tirumala also received heavy rains. The second ghat road at Tirumala was closed with boulders rolling down the hill.

Officials dropped plans to take up repairs due to incessant rains. At the main temple precincts, puddles of rain water accumulated, posing problems to the pilgrims.

Many towns like Nellore, Kadapa, Atmakur, Gudur, Chittoor, Puttur, Nagari, Venkatagiri, Naidupet witnessed unprecedented rain, bringing normal life to a virtual standstill. Rainwater overflowed on the tracks at Venkatagiri, forcing the authorities to stop the Bhubaneswar Express.

Nellore district collector said about 10,000 people had been evacuated from low-lying areas in the coastal mandals.

Four gates of the Kalangi reservoir in Chittoor were lifted to let out heavy inflows. In Puttur and Nagari in Chittoor district, two relief camps were set up for the flood-affected victims.

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