Rain-ravaged Andhra seeks Rs 1200 crore central help

Rain-ravaged Andhra seeks Rs 1200 crore central help
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Hyderabad, Sept 21 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh today sought an assistance of Rs 1200 crore from the Centre to tide over the situation due to heavy rains and floods triggered by the cyclonic storm in the state.

In a memorandum submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was on a brief visit to the temple town of Tirupati, the state government said 2482 villages spread over ten districts in coastal Andhra and Telengana regions, were ravaged by the rains and floods and the preliminary estimate of the crop loss was about Rs 1809 crore.

The memorandum was submitted by Agricultural Minister N Raghuveera Reddy as Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy undertook an aerial survey of the worst-affected areas in east Godavari, west Godavari, Krishna and Khammam districts.

The crops over an extent of 2.18 lakh hectares were damaged in the rains triggered by cyclonic storm that crossed the coast at Kalingapatnam in Srikakulam district on Monday, the memorandum said.

Two IAF choppers were pressed into service to rescue people stranded in marooned villages in Khammam and East Godavari districts while the district administration across the coastal and Telangana regions has been put on high alert, the sources said. Army personnel also swung into action to assist the civil authorities in Khammam and East Godavari districts where large number of villages were inundated, they added.

Over 30 relief camps were opened in Khammam district and similar camps were being opened in other rain-ravaged districts, the state Disaster Management Commissioner Shashank Goel said.

Road and rail traffic was severely disrupted following the heavy downpour and power supply was affected in 25 towns.

The flood rescue teams were positioned in vulnerable areas in Bhadrachalam, Rajhamundry, Polavaram and other places on the banks of the river to begin evacuation.

Senior officials have been deputed to monitor situation in these districts.

Food grains have been stored and relief camps opened.

Medical teams have also been pressed into operation.

Railway tracks in Warangal district were submerged forcing the authorities to cancel or reschedule several trains.

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