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Landslide at AP’s Kanaka Durga temple; several trapped under debris

HYDERABAD, OCT 21 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 10/21/2020 11:44:07 AM IST

Panic ensued after a landslide at the famous Kanaka Durga temple in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada on Wednesday. Four, including at least two sanitation workers, are suspected to be trapped under the debris. Rescue and relief efforts are still underway.

According to inputs, several boulders rolled down Indra Keeladri hills in Vijayawada on Wednesday, crushing a shed at the Kanaka Durga Temple. This further led to panic among devotees leaving at least five injured.

District Collector AM D Imtiaz and Commissioner of Police (Vijayawada) B Srinivasulu visited the spot while Civil Supplies minister K Srivenkateswara Rao and Gannavaram MLA V Vamshi are closely observing the rescue operation.

The incident comes hours before Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s visit to the hill shrine in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada.

Celebration of the 10-day Dasara festival at the hill shrine began on October 17. Also known as Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanams (SDMSD), the temple opened its doors to devotees amid Covid-19 protocols.

Initial reports quote temple authorities as saying that only 1,000 devotees are being allowed to enter the temple each hour.

CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is expected to offer ‘pattu vastrams’ to the deity at the shrine atop Indra Keeladri hills in Vijayawada. On this day, known as ‘Moola Nakshatram’, the goddess is worshipped as ‘Sri Saraswati Devi’. The chief minister’s visit has been postponed to later in the day owing to the landslide. More details are awaited.

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