Rain Related Mishaps Kill 4 in Andhra as Cyclone Weaken
Four persons were killed in the state today as rain continued to lash various parts of Andhra Pradesh under the influence of cyclone 'Nilam.'

Three of the deaths were on account of electrocution, while another person was killed after a wall collapsed, in the districts of Prakasam, Nellore and Anantapur, officials said.

Incidents of house collapse and cattle loss were also reported.

'Nilam' crossed north Tamil Nadu coast near Mahabalipuram, south of Chennai, between 4 pm and 5 pm yesterday.

Contrary to fears, the cyclonic storm has not caused much damage so far. It weakened into a depression over Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh and lay centred near Chitradurga this morning, officials said, adding that it would move northwestwards and weaken further into a low pressure area during the next 12 hours.

Heavy rain occurred in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra districts today. Normal life was badly affected in the rain-hit districts as low-lying areas and important roads were inundated.

Standing paddy, banana and other crops were badly damaged at various places.

Among other places, heavy rainfall was reported at Vinjamur (164.4 mm), Ongole (149 mm), Darsi (137.2 mm), Addanki (132 mm), Cumbum (126.8 mm), Tirumala (147 mm) and Venkatagirikota (105.2 mm).

State Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana held a review meeting with officials on the damage to crops.

The minister was told that the impact was mainly in the districts of East Godavari, Prakasam, Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa, Guntur and Krishna, and the damage would not be much if the rains subsided in the next couple of days, an official release said.

A report from Srikakulam said the district received "moderate to heavy rainfall." District Collector Saurabh Gaur said the district administration was ready to tackle the situation.

He advised fishers not to venture into the rough sea for another two days. No report of casualties or damage were reported from the district till this evening.
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