Standing crops in over 31,210 hectares in 51 mandals damaged
HYDERABAD: The State administration heaved a sigh of relief as the cyclonic storm, Khai Muk, which threatened to cause extensive damage, dissipated into a low pressure area after crossing the coast near Kavali, in Nellore district, around 4 a.m on Sunday.
The storm, in fact, gave the much-needed respite to farmers, particularly those in Rayalaseema, who were waiting for the release of water to commence sowing of Bengal gram, groundnut and maize. Officials, who were on their toes since Saturday, are faced with the problem of ensuring supply of adequate fertilizer for the intermediary crops.
According to preliminary estimates, standing crops in over 31,210 hectares in 51 mandals were damaged, with Krishna district (18,110 hectares) and East Godavari (12,500 hectares) bearing the brunt.
Bantumille mandal in Krishna district received the highest rainfall of 17.2 cm, Machilipatnam (14 cm), Sitarampuram (13.5 cm) and Gudur (13.4 cm).
A visibly relieved Dr. Reddy expressed happiness that “a major problem has been averted.” He asked officials to take up enumeration of crop/property loss in right earnest to provide compensation.
A majority of 44,949 people who had been shifted to 66 relief camps since Saturday evening were sent back home in the morning.
Fishermen in Nellore, Krishna and Prakasam districts suffered extensive loss with their boats and fishing nets getting damaged due to high tide, which prevailed till late in the afternoon.
However, the sea continued to be rough at Kakinada.
Tidal waves that rose more than two metres high cut into the road connecting Kakinada and Uppada forcing the officials to suspend vehicular movement on the route and diverting traffic through Pithapuram.
A total of 170 houses were affected with 147 getting fully damaged while another 23 partially damaged due to the rain.