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Prakasam farmers in jitters

S. Murali
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Surplus water released from Obul Reddy Gundlakamma reservoir in Ongole on Wednesday. — Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Surplus water released from Obul Reddy Gundlakamma reservoir in Ongole on Wednesday. — Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Farmers are hoping against hope for rain, which threw normal life out of gear in Kandukur division of Prakasam district, to abate, even as weatherman on Wednesday predicted more rain under the influence of a well-marked low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.

Fifty-year-old farmer K Mastanaiah, who raised paddy seedlings, is keeping his fingers crossed as his land has become waterlogged following a breach to Somarajapalli tank. Four other tanks also breached in Singarayakonda and Ulavapadu mandals.

''If rain continues for another couple of days, I will be left with no option but to raise fresh seedlings,'” he said.

Another farmer Yenade Reddy(30) of Pakala village, which has been cut off from Olepalam, says while strengthening the bund to prevent flooding of his field ''more rain mean loss and further delay in taking up of rabi crop.'”

Sixty-five-year-old Gaddam Venkate Subbaiah, a tenant farmer, says he has raised seedlings.. “I will not be bear loss if there is further rain.'' Rainwater entered the police station in worst-affected Singarayakonda.

Making a preliminary assessment, Agriculture Department officials said paddy in 1,240 hectares was damaged, cotton in 280 hectares and blackgram in 100 hectares.

Some 400 people were shifted to four camps in Singarayakonda and Ulavpadu mandals, officials said. As many as four houses were severely damaged and six others partially damaged.

All trains were running a few hours behind schedule. Railway engineering staff kept a close watch at the site where one of the two lines got damaged to a distance of 100 metres, Ongole Station Superintendent K Nagabhushanam said. NHAI authorities also maintained vigil to prevent flooding of the arterial Chennai-Kolkata national highway.


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