Staff Reporter

Cyclonic storm‘Khai Muk’ crosses the coast near Kavali

23 rehabilitation centres set up, breakfast and milk provided

Boats, nets of fishermen in villages on the coast washed away

NELLORE: Heavy rain accompanied by strong gales lashed several parts of the district, as ‘Khai Muk’ the cyclonic storm crossed the coast near Kavali in the early hours on Sunday.

Heavy and continuous downpours in many mandals affected normal life. Many trees were uprooted and electric poles came crashing down, causing traffic jams while boats and nets of fishermen in villages on the coast were washed away in the strong waves due to cyclone.

On receiving information that ‘Khai Muk’ is expected to cross the coast in the district, the Collector K. Ramgopal, Superintendent of Police B. Malla Reddy and others rushed to Kavali to monitor the situation. Reviewing the situation, a high alert was declared in the district.

About 7,500 villagers from Bogolu, Vidavaluru, Kavali, Aluru, Vakadu, Indukuripeta, Gangapatnam and Kollimitlapalem were shifted to safer places in the wee hours of Sunday. Officials arranged 23 rehabilitation centres and provided breakfast and milk for them on Sunday morning.

Boats and nets of fishermen of Mypadu, Dugarajupatnam, Tupulipalem, Pattapupalem, Nelaturu and other villages were washed away due to the intensity of the cyclonic storm. The district received an average rainfall of 53.5 mm on Saturday. Joint director (Fisheries) Ragothama Swamy said nine teams comprising of revenue and fisheries department officials have been constituted to enumerate the loss due to cyclone. A reported would be submitted to the district administration by Monday, he said.

Crops were damaged in a few villages due to strong gales and the officials of electricity, R & B and revenue departments are assessing the losses due to rains in the district.