Eleven more deaths, all caused by lightning, come to light
The toll in the freak rains and strong gales in the State increased to 24, with 11 more deaths coming to light, all due to lightning.
Of the 11 fresh casualties, four were from Nellore district, two from Guntur and one in Prakasam district and the remaining ones from other districts.
Now, the overall breakup of casualties is Guntur 7, Nellore 4, Prakasam 3, 2 each in Warangal, Krishna and East Godavari and one each from Khammam, West Godavari, Visakhapatnam and Adilabad. Moderate to heavy rains lashed parts of the State for the third consecutive day on Tuesday, ensuring a fairly widespread gain to all the regions.
Pakala in Chittoor district of Rayalaseema recorded 8 cm of rainfall during the 24-hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday, followed by Tirupati 4 cm and Kuppam 2 cm. In Telangana, Devarakonda and Kodad reported the highest rainfall of 6 cm followed by 2 cm at Hyderabad.
In Coastal Andhra, Tenali, Narsipatnam and Vinjamur recorded 5 cm, Prattipadu 4 cm and Rapur 3 cm.
Disaster Management Additional Commissioner Vinod Ekbote said the extent to which different crops were damaged due to rains or strong gales or hailstorms, too has gone up to 62,225 hectares, with paddy (54,000 hecatres) facing the brunt. On the other hand, the area of damaged horticultural crops reached 22,033 hectares.
Moderate to heavy rains lash parts of the State for the third consecutive day on Tuesday Different crops in 62,225 hectares and horticulture crops in 22,033 hectares damaged
Moderate to heavy rains lash parts of the State for the third consecutive day on Tuesday
Different crops in 62,225 hectares and horticulture crops in 22,033 hectares damaged