Staff Reporter

Total of 865 villages and 289 families in Karimnagar affected

KARIMNAGAR: The torrential rain during the last week had claimed six lives and damaged crops in over 7,755 acres in the district. Besides, a total of 63 minor irrigation tanks in villages have also breached due to floods. However, the total damage to all the properties were being estimated by the authorities.

Disclosing this to newsmen here on Monday, Collector M. V. Satyanarayana said that chilli crop was damaged in 5,210 acres, maize in 1,050 acres besides substantial loss to other crops. A total of 51 cattle fell prey to the rain and floods in the district. A total of 1,943 houses were damaged fully and 6,730 houses damaged partially.

People evacuated

The rain has affected a total of 865 villages and 289 families in the district. The district administration had organised three camps after evacuating people from low-lying areas. He said that they had also decided to distribute 20 kg of rice and 5 litres of kerosene free of cost to the families evacuated from low-lying areas. About 545 km length roads were also damaged.

Record rainfall

The district recorded a highest rainfall of 519 mm in June to August as against the normal of 488.1 mm. In the month of August alone, the district received 303.8 mm rainfall against the average of 53.3 mm. Incidentally, the entire district, including the drought-prone Sircilla and Karimnagar divisions had also received surplus rainfall during the season.