Crops in 68,196 hectares damaged: official
Even as the district is coming to grips with the devastation caused by heavy rains for the last three days, the district administration has estimated the loss of property to be Rs. 357 crore.
District Collector S. Suresh Kumar said at a media conference on Monday that the estimates from the Revenue, Agriculture, Roads & Buildings, and Panchayat Raj had been taken while preparing the report.
Mr. Suresh Kumar said the estimates for taking up permanent works would also be sent to the State government. The Guntur Municipal Corporation suffered loss estimated at Rs. 50 crore and Panchayat Raj Rs. 93 crore.
Three deaths were reported from Phirangipuram, Guntur, and Chebrolu mandals, and another death reported was yet to be confirmed. Fourteen buffaloes were feared dead and poultry loss was put at 1,200.
The Revenue Department estimated that 467 houses had been completely/partially damaged in the district. Medical camps were conducted in 10 mandals and 1,450 persons had been evacuated to safer places, the Collector said.
The reports were being sent to the government for the latter’s perusal and action. The Department of Agriculture prepared a report based on inputs from various mandals.
The complete consolidated report of the damage would be available in a week. Giving a break-up of the loss in the district, Joint Director of Agriculture A. Sridhar said crops in 68,196 hectares have been damaged due to floods caused by incessant rains.
Cotton crop bore the brunt with inundation being reported in 34,077 hectares. Paddy too suffered inundation (13,432 hectares), followed by maize (615 hectares), groundnut (229 hectares), bengal gram (147 hectares), black gram (1,957 hectares), and jute (688 hectares).