AP rains: Rosaiah demands aid from Centre for relief operations
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 18:31
  
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday requested the Centre to extend financial assistance from the National Calamity Contingency Fund for relief operations in rain-ravaged districts of the state.

Heavy rainfall since October 30, which has been much above than normal, took a toll of 25 persons so far while four others were still missing.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah addressed separate letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today urging them to extend necessary financial assistance to meet urgent needs caused by the calamity.

He, however, did not specify the amount immediately required but wanted the Prime Minister to direct the inter-ministerial team of officials from the Centre, currently touring the state to assess the damage caused by Laila cyclone last year, to stay back and assess the current damage as well.

The state government, meanwhile, alerted the Army and the National Disaster Response Force to be on standby to meet any eventuality as heavy rains continued to pour in the coastal districts. The threat of a cyclonic storm also loomed large over south coastal Andhra.

Rosaiah would undertake an aerial survey of the rain affected districts of East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna tomorrow "if weather permits." He will also land at some places that were worst hit to inspect the damage personally.

The Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting on the current situation with ministers, Chief Secretary S V Prasad and heads of various departments.

He spoke to collectors of coastal districts over phone from Hyderabad and directed them to continue the relief camps for affected people. Ministers have been directed to rush to their respective districts to supervise the relief operations.

The Chief Minister's Office informed that 27,676 persons have been evacuated to safety and lodged in 110 relief camps in Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Prakasam and Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore districts.

Medical teams have also been rushed to the rain-hit areas to prevent spread of contagious diseases like diahhorea.

Talking to newsmen in the Secretariat after the review meeting, the Chief Minister said agricultural crops suffered extensive damage because of the heavy rains.

"We were hopeful of a bumper harvest this Kharif season but suddenly this disaster occurred," he pointed out.

Preliminary reports suggested that agricultural crops, primarily paddy in the Delta regions, in 2,83,566 hectares were damaged, he said.

As many as 234 minor irrigation tanks suffered breaches while roads extending to a length of 11,767 km were damaged due to heavy rains.

"The exact extent of losses will be assessed after the water recedes," Rosaiah added.

Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management Dharmana Prasada Rao, Chief Secretary S V Prasad and other top officials were also present.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 18:31


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