Toll rises to 32
Toll Rises to 32, Low-Lying Areas, Heavy Rains In AP. Life was paralysed in 4040 villages of 472 mandals in 16 districts as torrential rains continued to batter the state for the last five days. Incessant rains have claimed as many as 32 lives while more than 78,745 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas.
Life paralysed in 4,040 villages in 16 districts.
- Kiran holds review meeting with ministers, officials
- 14,978 families rendered shelter-less
- 10,403-km roads need immediate repairs
- Crops in 6.78 lakh hectares submerged
Life was paralysed in 4040 villages of 472 mandals in 16 districts as torrential rains continued to batter the state for the last five days. Incessant rains have claimed as many as 32 lives while more than 78,745 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas.
Crops spread over 6.78 lakh hectares were submerged and 14,978 houses were damaged. The government had opened 207 relief camps in nine districts. They included 72 in Srikakulam and 59 in Guntur - which borne the brunt of heavy rains. The crops including paddy (3.26 lakh hectares) and Cotton (3.09 lakh hectares) were damaged.
Hundreds of villages across Andhra Pradesh remained submerged, while road and rail routes were affected as the rain fury continued on Saturday.
Rain-related incidents like drowning and wall collapse have claimed 32 lives so far. Guntur district accounted for the highest number of seven deaths, followed by Prakasam (6), Mahabubnagar (4), Hyderabad, Kurnool, Vizianagaram (three each), East Godavari, Nalgonda and Warangal (2 each).
Besides, two persons have been reported missing in Visakhapatnam.
The infrastructure in 16 districts was badly hit. The rains and floods deprived many villages of their road connectivity.
The river Krishna was in spate. Over 3.15 lakh cusecs of the river water was being discharged into the Bay of Bengal from Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada. Breaches developed on different canals left long stretches washed away in different irrigation schemes in 16 districts. A total of 1020 minor tanks developed breaches and 8162 km of roads of the R and B department and 2241km- long roads of the Panchayatraj Department were damaged. Rural Water Supply schemes in 27 villages were affected and 39 kilometers pipelines were damaged. Likewise, seven Protected Water Schemes were affected due to the incessant rain.
Chief Minister N kiran Kumar held a high-level meeting with top officials and ministers and reviewed the latest situation.
Kiran was informed by the officials that damage of crops was heavy in Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari, Kurnool, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and Prakasam districts. He asked the officials to take up relief measures on war-footing. About 1668 cattle and poultry birds were perished. Six mandals in Nalgonda including Narketpalli (309mm), Nalgonda (277mm) Mothkur (222mm), Kattangur (198mm), Atmakur (188mm) and Velupalle (187mm) received heavy rain fall.
17 Oct 2019 9:23 AM GMT