Special Correspondent

ONGOLE: The cyclone has taken a toll of trees - standing as well as fallen. The flood waters carried away hundreds of logs of wood causing immense loss to timber depots and saw mills in the town.

The timber traders are now busy scouting Pothurajukalva and the bypass road side drain to retrieve their logs of wood washed away in the flood waters on Thursday.

They are collecting the logs strewn all over the drain and dumping them at a place. The traders have their own ingenious methods to identify their logs and take possession of them later without giving rise to disputes .

There are about 50 timber depots and saw mills abutting the bypass road from the foot of the flyover to Mangamma College here. The flood has literally caught them unawares.

Following heavy rain due to cyclonic storm in Bay of Bengal, tanks in Santanutalapadu, Yendluru etc breached and water gushed out of them reached Ongole town. As Pothurajukalva was already in spate, it could not draw the water coming from the tanks. The entire area between Kurnool road and Pothurajukalva turned into a sheet of water. As the flyover came in its way, the water flooded the timber depot area in 5-6 feet water. Narasimhachari of Rajeswari timber depot said that the depots came up in the area two decades ago and they witnessed floods four or five times before mainly due to heavy rain.