The incessant rains over the last three days in the district have left 18 houses damaged, some partial and some completely, and inundated crops in 1,500 acres, Minister for Tribal Affairs P. Balaraju was told at a review meeting.

Joint Collector Praveen Kumar told the Minister that the crops would be damaged if the rains continued for another two days.

The Minister directed all the officials to be on the alert and ensure that timely relief was provided to the victims.

Expressing displeasure at the lack of attention of the officials to the nearly 12-hour traffic logjam on the Narsipatnam-Chintapalli road on Tuesday, he said that the officials responded only after his intervention.

Officials put on alert

He directed the district administration officials to be alert and respond immediately to distress calls from the interior parts of the district.

The Minister asked the officials to check the condition of bridges and culverts and pointed out that the bridge at G. Munchingputt was in a poor condition. He wanted the officials to either repair it or put up a proposal for a new bridge. R&B Superintendent Engineer Kantimati told the Minister that Rs. 10 lakh had been released for immediate repairs to the bridge.

There were no reports of any damage to houses in Visakhapatnam division. In Paderu division 14 houses were damaged in Hukumpet mandal, two in Paderu mandal and one in Anantagiri mandal and in Narsipatnam division one house was reported to have been damaged in Rambili mandal, the Joint Collector said.

Rainfall above normal

Some of the houses were totally damaged and many partially damaged.

Rainfall was above normal in 17 mandals, normal in 25 mandals and below normal in Gollugunda mandal, he added. Joint Director Agriculture was also present at the review meeting.