Staff Reporter

Total number of houses fully damaged put at 148 in East Godavari district

Road traffic between Kakinada, Uppada remains suspended

Officials supervising relief operation

Kakinada: Strong winds and continuous rain under the influence of the cyclonic storm Khai Muk damaged paddy crop in about 12,500 hectares in East Godavari district in the last 48 hours. Loss on this count was estimated to be Rs. 6.50 crores. Damage of other crops is being assessed by the officials of Revenue and Agriculture Departments while many parts of the district received incessant rain under the influence of the tropical storm even as the gales subsided. There are no reports of casualties or injuries.

Road traffic between Kakinada and Uppada remains suspended as a culvert near the latter was swept away by tidal waves. All vehicles are still diverted through Pithapuram as repairing the culvert is likely to take at least three to four days. Besides, several huts were flattened by the surging waters of Bay of Bengal at Uppada, Subbammapeta and other nearby villages.

District officials put the total number of houses fully damaged at 148 and those partially hit at 23.

Nearly 2,600 persons were lodged in relief camps set up at Uppalaguptam, Katrenikona, Malkipuram, U.Kotthapalli, Sakhinetipalli and Kakinada rural mandals.

Loss due to the culvert and road damages and destruction of houses in these areas was estimated at Rs. 4 crore. Some boats and fishing gear were reportedly swept away by the sea waters at Konapapapeta village, which is being inquired by the Revenue and Fisheries Departments.

Crosses the coast

There was a respite from rain as the cyclonic storm moved away and crossed the coast near Kavali in Nellore district in the early hours of Sunday.

However, the district and mandal level officials were instructed by Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi to be alert in view of the possibility of more rain. He spoke to special officers and mandal revenue officers about the steps taken to ensure safety of people and their properties. District revenue officer M. Mohan Raju has been coordinating the rescue measures along with revenue divisional officers.