Heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh; crops affected

With heavy rains lashing the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and affecting crops in over 3 lakh hectares, CM Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday reviewed the situation in the areas and asked officials to initiate relief operations.

Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 00:22 AM IST

Hyderabad: With heavy rains lashing the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and affecting crops in over 3 lakh hectares, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday reviewed the situation in the areas and asked the officials to initiate rescue and relief operations.
The CM, who is in Delhi, spoke over phone with
Minister for Revenue N Raghuveera Reddy, Chief Secretary S V
Prasad and Disaster Management Department officials and
directed the Collectors of the coastal districts to evacuate
people from low-lying areas, if needed, and provide the
affected people with food and safe drinking water.
The Disaster Management Department has been further
directed to be in touch with the Army, Navy and NDRF (National
Disaster Management Force) and take their service in case of
any eventuality, official sources said here.

Under the influence of the well marked low pressure
area over Southwest Bay of Bengal, the northeast monsoon has
been vigorous over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh and active
over Rayalaseema. Rain occurred at most places over coastal AP
and at many places over Rayalaseema while isolated rain
occurred over Telangana, the Met department said.

Following the heavy downpour, 3.19 lakh hectares of
agriculture crops have been affected, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the Met Department issued a heavy rainfall
warning in parts of the state over the next two days.

PTI