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Farmers tearful in Rayalaseema

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Farmers Tearful in Rayalaseema, Heavy Rains, Rain in Several Districts. Incessant and heavy rains continued to lash several districts in the State for the third consecutive day, with Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool and Nellore districts bearing the brunt on Wednesday.

  • Low-lying areas submerged, hitting normal life
  • Rivulets in spate, bunds of several tanks breach

Incessant and heavy rains continued to lash several districts in the State for the third consecutive day, with Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool and Nellore districts bearing the brunt on Wednesday. There was water logging in low lying areas, confining people to their houses in several towns.

In Chittoor district, the maximum rain fall of 88.6 mm was recorded in Renigunta. Hundreds of acres of standing Paddy crop in BN Kandriga, Srikalahasthi, Yerpedu and Nindra madals was damaged due to excessive rains in the district.While the average rain fall in this season was 124 mm, the actual rain recorded was 130.9 mm, an excess of 6 percent. The Sugarcane crop as well as horticulture and vegetables cultivation also benefitted with these rains. The moderate to heavy rain lashing the Kurnool district for the last few days brought tears to the farmers.

The farmers lamented that the heavy rain soaked their produce like onion, cotton, maize and others. Farmers who brought onion to the market yard to sell in the last three days suffered heavy losses. Four days back, onion was sold at the rate of Rs. 2,800 to Rs. 3,900 per quintal and now it has come down to Rs. 1,800 to Rs. 3,200. In Kadapa district, the excessive rains ruined the standing crops of paddy, floriculture, vegetable and cotton. The Agriculture department officials said the excessive rains would affect the yield of group nut crop in about 10 thousand acres in the district. As the Lower Sagileru project received heavy inflow of flood water, the officials released 30,000 cusecs of water by opening three gates.

The bunds of Buchampalle pond and Porumamilla Pedda Cheruvu have breached. The road at Ramireddykunta was cut-off. Fire service staff pumped the rain water from the houses in Kalasapadu. The streams in Narasapuram, Chennavaram and other areas in Kashinayana mandal were over flowing while the paddy crops, engines, current motors near Sagileru River were washed away.

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