Andhra Pradesh

Rain leaves one dead, property loss put at Rs. 8.19 crore

Convoy of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu held up by floods at Pottempadu and Brahmadevam villages.- PHOTO: K. RAVIKUMAR

Convoy of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu held up by floods at Pottempadu and Brahmadevam villages.- PHOTO: K. RAVIKUMAR  


Moderate rain under the influence of a tropical low pressure continued in Prakasam district on Saturday, leaving one person dead and causing property loss worth Rs. 8.19 crore.

Conversely, bringing cheers to farmers, the Rallapadu reservoir, with a storage of 110 tmcft, reached surplus levels for the first time in 15 years.

Storage in the Mopadu reservoir, which had been bone-dry in the last five years, went up to 400 tmcft as against its capacity of 2,090 tmcft.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the Ralapadu reservoir, where the water level was maintained at 18.6 ft with a storage of one tmcft by discharging 4,000 cusecs of flood waters, District In-charge Minister Ravela Kishore Babu said: “The government is fully prepared to face any eventuality, as weather officials have predicted more rain in the next two to three days.”

He added that the downpour was useful the standing kharif crops, which had faced moisture stress, and that the situation was conducive to growing rabi crops now. The loss to property was Rs. 5 crore in the Ongole Municipal corporation limits, while crop loss was to the tune of Rs. 2.37 crore in 5,812 acres. Electrical installations worth Rs. 8.50 lakh were damaged.

Nearly 20,500 fishermen, who could not venture into sea in the wake of the depression in the Bay of Bengal, will be provided with 10 kg rice and 1/2 kg dal, Mr. Kishore Babu said. MLC Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy and District Collector Sujatha Sharma were present. The Collector said the district administration was fully geared up to meet any eventuality. As many as 309 of the 951 irrigation tanks have attained full level, said Irrigation Superintending Engineer O. Sarada Devi.

The district received maximum rainfall on November 17 (56.4 mm) and November 21 (31.5 mm), with the Ulavadpu mandal receiving a maximum rainfall of 424 mm rainfall during the month (129.8 per cent surplus), followed by Tangutur 360.3 mm (84 per cent), V.V.Palem 378.7 mm (85.4 per cent), Gudlur 412.8 mm (73.6 percent), Singaraykonda377.2 mm (52.8 per cent), Lingasamudram322.6 mm (45.4 per cent), Kandukur 347mm (56.2 per cent) and C.S.Puram 259.8 mm (101.9 per cent).

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