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Uneasy calm in flood-hit temple town Mantralayam in AP October 5, 2009

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PTI, Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hyderabad: An absolute silence prevails in the famous temple town of Mantralayam in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, which was ravaged by the floods in the river Tungabhadra — a tributary of Krishna river.

The holy town, otherwise bustling with pilgrims, wore a deserted look with the town remaining under several feet of flood water for the past three days. Flood water had even surrounded the sanctum sanctorum housing the holy Brindavan of the Madhwa saint Sri Raghavendra Swamiji.

People across India throng Mantralayam, situated on the bank of the Tungabhadra, to offer their prayers at Raghavendra Swamiji’s Brindavan (where swamiji attained live samadhi).

Though, the water-level has receded today, but, not the woes of the people, particularly pilgrims who saved their lives by moving to rooftops of the buildings surrounding the Raghavendra Swamiji’s mutt, when the town was marooned.

After the water level receded today, the district administration has begun cleaning up the debris and lifting the bodies of humans and scores of cattle that were strewn in the streets, official sources said adding that relief and medical camps were set up in the temple town.

Power supply was yet to be restored, the sources said. Rescue workers recovered at least four bodies from several places in the town and search efforts were on to locate more bodies, if any in the flood-stricken areas.