Rains damange crops in over 21,000 ha in E Godavari: Collector

East Godavari District Collector said crops in 21,268 hect & 20,694 houses submerged due to heavy rains.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2010, 23:52 PM IST

Andhra Pradesh: East Godavari District Collector M Ravichandra said crops in 21,268 hectares and 20,694 houses submerged in the district due to heavy rains.

Ravichandra yesterday said paddy in 20,000 hectares and sugarcane and cotton in 1,268 hectares were damaged in the rains. 20,694 houses were submerged in the flood water in 24 mandals of the district, he said adding 21,186 families had affected due to rains.

Over 400 handloom weaver families were severely affected due to floods, he said adding four relief camps has been set up to shift the flood-affected people. 416 families have been shifted to safer places.
1,497 metric tonnes of rice and 36,560 liters of kerosene was distributed to the flood-affected families in the district, he said. 1,996 food packets have been distributed to
the people.

Over 126 boats and other necessary vehicles have been utilized for shifting of people to safer places, he said. 42 houses fully damaged while 55 houses partially affected according to preliminary reports received here.

The district administration taking all necessary steps to repair minor irrigation sources in the district, which received breaches due to rains. Rs 200 lakh required to repair minor irrigation sources like Subbareddy Sagar Reservoir, Yeluru and other sources, for temporary repairs cost Rs 135 lakh.

A total of 404 kilometer road was damaged in the district, which includes 131 main roads and 30 link roads, he said. Rs 35 crore required for temporary repairs of these road
and for permanent solution Rs 148 to be spend.

20 panchayat works affected in the district Rs 94 lakh required for these works, he said.
Godavari is flowing at Dowleswaram barrage above normal, second flood warning in place there.

At present water recorded at the barrage was 16.80 feet, while first flood warning was withdrawn, he said adding 18,08,600 cusecs of water has been discharged in the sea, he
said.
Special flood teams have been monitoring the water situation in canals, reservoirs, rivulets and at Dowleswaram barrage, he said. He said enumeration teams have been formed in the district to assess the damage caused to crops, houses. The teams are also assessing the damage caused to the district after withdrawal of first flood warning also.

There was no deaths were reported from any part of the district, only one K Dharmaiah (74) of Seethanagaram Mandal, went to near a canal to answer nature call, he fell into the
canal. A manhunt has been launched for him.

PTI