VISAKHAPATNAM / HYDERABAD: About 36 students from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are stranded amidst the floods at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. The Chief Minister’s Office of Andhra Pradesh, following a plea for help from one of the victim’s family members, is making arrangements for airlifting the students. Official sources said all the students are safe and could be arriving in Andhra Pradesh Thursday.
All the students are studying engineering at NIT Srinagar. As Srinagar was flooded, they managed to make their way, with the help of locals, to a shelter in Leh on Tuesday. However, the situation in Leh too worsened creating panic among them. One of the students, Sai Karthik, luckily managed to contact his father Jagannadha Rao, an advocate at Chodavaram in Visakhapatnam district, through his mobile phone and informed him that their shelter camp was in imminent danger of being flooded. Rao immediately contacted AP Panchayat Raj Minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu for help and the latter brought the issue to the notice of the CMO and also Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
Meanwhile, a couple of pearl traders from Kakinada are stranded at the Srinagar airport. Saladi Swami Naidu and Varalakshmi of Dygolupadu village had gone to Srinagar a week ago to participate in an exhibition. Army personnel airlifted them to the airport. The couple contacted their family members and informed that about 30,000 people were stranded in Srinagar but that only 5,000 were being airlifted from Srinagar everyday to cities like Chandigarh.
It would take at least three-four days for them to reach Kakinada.
Boy from Nalgonda Missing in Srinagar?
Gogu Madhusudan, a student belonging to Nalgonda district in Telangana, has reportedly gone missing in the floods in Srinagar. According to official sources, Madhusudhan, a native of Anajpuram in Bhongir mandal, is also a student of NIT, Srinagar. His father G Pochaiah works as a gangman in the railways.