`3,732 cr. loss in 9 dists
`3,732 cr. Loss in 9 Dists, Rain Affected Districts. The loss of the property in nine of the 16 district battered by the torrential rains was put at Rs 3,732 crore and Nalgonda which has borne the brunt of calamity accounted for the highest of Rs 1,455 crore. Reports are still awaited from seven more affected districts.
- Reports awaited from seven more dists
- Nalgonda worst hit with a loss of Rs 1,455 cr.
- State to seek liberal assistance from Centre
The loss of the property in nine of the 16 district battered by the torrential rains was put at Rs 3,732 crore and Nalgonda which has borne the brunt of calamity accounted for the highest of Rs 1,455 crore. Reports are still awaited from seven more affected districts.
The government received the reports from nine affected districts so far and the property loss including damages to crops, houses, irrigation systems, the power distribution network and the road communication system was said to be extensive. The loss of lives and live stock was also on a higher side.
Nalgonda district was the worst hit and it stood first among the affected districts in property and agriculture loss. The property worth of Rs 1455 crore was damaged in Nalgonda district followed by Prakasam with Rs 596 crore, Krishna with Rs 416 crore, Warangal with Rs 411 crore, Guntur with Rs.392 crore, Visakhapatnam with Rs 255 crore, Mahaboobnagar with Rs 142 crore, West Godavari with Rs 45 crore and Medak with Rs 20 crore.
Pedadevarapalli medium irrigation project and another minor irrigation project at Nidamanuru in Nalgonda district developed breaches inundating surrounding villages. Almost all the irrigation sources were affected as they were subjected for neglect without taking up any repairs on the structure for long. About 385 minor irrigation sources needed urgent repairs in the district and the loss to the agriculture was estimated as Rs 900 crore. The government decided to take up rehabilitation of the irrigation sources and roads in the affected areas on war-footing.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the reports sent by collectors and decided to write to Government of India for liberal Central assistance for the projects hit by the Phailin cyclone, drought, heavy rains and flood relief in different parts of the state.
Kiran said that he already took up the issue of purchase of cotton exposed to rain by the Cotton Corporation of India with the Union Minister for Textiles Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, who in turn assured him to speed up the issue. Expert teams would be sent to the state to take stock of the plight of cotton growers.
Likewise, he asked Chief Secretary to approach FCI and NAFED to lift the dis-coloured paddy, soyabeen and maize from the farmers. He asked the officials to complete the enumeration of the losses in the seven other districts where from reports were yet to be received.
Minister for Revenue N Raghuveera Reddy said that the State Government requested the Centre to send a team to study the proposed cyclone mitigation project sought to be taken up with World Bank assistance.
“State government will also approach the Banks for reschedule of crop loans”, he said and he added that about 53 persons died and another six persons were found missing. As per the latest reports, the crops in the extent of 11.42 lakh hectare were damaged and 2,000 cattle were also lost.