September 21, 2005:
Twenty-seven people have died and rail, road and air traffic are disrupted as heavy rains lashed Andhra Pradesh for a third day.
Over 30 trains have been cancelled or stranded, including Tamil Nadu Express, which is running late by almost two days.
Some of the trains that have been cancelled include the Charminar Express (Secunderabad to Chennai), Gautami Express (Secunderabad-Kakinada-Secunderabad) and the Hyderabad
Godavari Express (Hyderabad-Vishakapatnam).
State Chief Minister YS Rajashekhara Reddy is on an aerial tour of the affected areas.
According to authorities 1,500 people have been evacuated from Khammam, one of the worst affected districts.
Excess waters in the catchment areas of the Godavari and Krishna rivers have caused floods.
There is improvement in the situation in Vishakapatanam, but the airport there remains closed. About 3000 people evacuated from the area have started to return home.
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