The threat of heavy rain looms large over the State as a low pressure area lay formed over south-east and the adjoining south-west Bay of Bengal on Wednesday and was likely to turn into a well-marked low pressure area, the next stage before it brews up into a depression.

The government is keeping a close watch on the weather phenomenon before alerting the Collectors of the coastal districts which might come under the influence of possible fresh spell of heavy rain.

A dry and cold weather prevailed over the State on Wednesday, with temperatures dipping at almost all the places, particularly in Coastal Andhra. Medak recorded the State’s lowest night temperature for the day at 11 degrees Celsius.

According to a bulletin issued by the State Met Office here, the State will remain under dry and cold weather on Thursday also.

Ex gratia

Meanwhile, the total sum drawn by Collectors from the treasuries so far under the special powers given to them under Treasury Rule 27, remained at Rs 4.2 crore, although damage was extensive in more than of the 19 districts affected by the heavy rain.

Ex gratia announced by the government against 45 casualties so far, at the rate of Rs. 2 lakh each, itself amounted to nearly Rs. 1 crore.

The picture obtained in the districts about the spending made by Collectors, remained vastly at variance with the claim made here by the Disaster Management Department that relief works were in full swing.

The department updated the data by enhancing the number of damaged houses to 19,420 and the area under normal crops to 18.5 lakh acres and that of horticulture ones to 58,000 acres.

The department had not yet prepared a final report on damage sector-wise for being submitted to the Centre.

  • Low pressure area lay formed over south-east and adjoining south-west Bay of Bengal

  • It is likely to turn into a well-marked low pressure area, before brewing up into a depression