More Rain of Woes
More Rain of Woes, Rain Ravage, Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy, Heavy Rains Caused Breaches. North Andhra districts - Srikakulam, Vizianagarm and Visakhpatnam –continue to reel under floods while the threat of heavy to very heavy rains loomed large over Telangana.
TOLL 42, LOSS `1,727cr
MORE RAIN OF WOES
- Around 85,000 people evacuated from low-lying areas
- Prakasam bears the brunt; crops damaged in about 8 lakh ha
- CM for aerial survey of Guntur, Prakasam today
North Andhra districts - Srikakulam, Vizianagarm and Visakhpatnam –continue to reel under floods while the threat of heavy to very heavy rains loomed large over Telangana. Torrential rains that battered the state for the past five days left a trail of destruction. While the death toll mounted to 42 on Sunday, the losses caused so far by the rain ravage was put by the official agencies at Rs 1,727 crore.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who reviewed the impact of floods at a high-level meeting, decided to make an aerial survey of the badly affected pockets in Prakasam and Guntur on Monday. Quoting preliminary estimates, Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said that crops in an extent of 7.99 lakh hectares were damaged due to incessant rains. It included cotton in 4.07 lakh hectares, paddy in 3.48 lakh hectares and horticulture crops in 32,673 hectares. In all 21, 682 houses were damaged and 1668 cattle perished. Of the total loss of Rs 1727 crore, Prakasam district accounted for the highest of Rs 596 crore, followed by Warangal with Rs 411 crore.
The rains and floods resulted in a loss of Rs 271 crore in Guntur, Rs 250 crore in Nalgonda, Rs 142 crores in Mahbubnagar, Rs 37 crore in West Godavari and Rs 20 crore in Medak. Stating that 85,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas and provided shelter in 225 relief camps, the minister said 109 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed in different districts for rescue operations. Over 14,300 people have been provided medical treatment in 545 camps set up in different parts of the state.
Heavy rains caused breaches to 1,020 minor irrigation tanks and damaged roads on the stretch of 4,047 km. The IMD forecast said moderate to rather heavy rains or thunder showers would occur at most places over Coastal Andhra and Telangana and at many places over Rayalaseema.
Heavy to very heavy rains would occur at a few places in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Karimnagar, Warangal, Mahbubnagar, Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad in the next 48 hours.