Officials begin assessment of extent of damage

Staff Reporter

Relief camps being closed in a phased manner

20 kg of rice and five litres of kerosene for each affected familyRainwater is yet to recede from farm fields

VIJAYAWADA: As rainwater began to recede from villages, the district administration on Tuesday commenced enumeration of damaged houses in the affected areas. The process has set in motion closure of relief camps in a phased manner.

In villages where the camps were closed, 20 kg of rice and five litres of kerosene were being distributed to each rain-affected family.

As many as 89 mobile medical teams are out in affected villages to supply medicines to people suffering from health problems. Fevers, cough and symptoms of diarrhoea have been reported from a few villages in Challapalli and Ghantasala mandals. Besides these two mandals, Machilipatnam, Banutmilli, Gudur, Pedana and Mopidevi mandals are still under water. Farm fields in these mandals have been submerged, while water is yet to recede from many residential areas.

Of the 22 villages in Ghantasala mandal, 14 have been affected by the downpour. Water is yet to recede from farm fields. Rainwater remained stagnant in the mandal revenue officer's office even on Tuesday. The incessant rain affected all the 27 villages in Gudur mandal. Water stagnated in residential areas in seven villages and the standing crop was totally damaged. Water continued to stagnate at low-lying areas like bypass road and Sarada Nagar in Machilipatnam.

Collector's assurance

Transport between Machilipatnam and Challapalli and Machilipatnam and Avanigadda has not been restored as yet. Rainwater was flowing at a height of three feet in SN Gollapalem village, while farm fields were fully inundated.

District Collector Navin Mittal said that the administration would take care of the residents in rain-affected areas even after the closure of the relief camps. "Based on local conditions, the camps will continue in affected areas," he said. Drinking water was being supplied to affected villages through 35 tankers. A special drive was launched in rain-affected areas to maintain sanitation.

Mr. Mittal observed that water draining into the sea became a problem, as the sea level was high.

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