Andhra CM reviews flood situation
Hyderabad: At least 25 people were killed in rain-related incidents in different districts in the last three days, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who reviewed the flood situation in the state with his Cabinet colleagues today, was informed.
Also, standing crop, both agriculture and horticulture, in 5.25 lakh hectares was damaged due to heavy rain and floods under the impact of Nilam cyclonic storm, he was told.
Thousands of people were displaced while 1,200 houses were damaged in different districts.
Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts were the worst hit as rivers and rivulets remained in spate. Road network of almost 1,000 km length was also damaged because of floods, the CM was told.
"These are only preliminary estimates. The district collectors have been asked to send detailed reports about the exact damage," a senior official said after the meeting.
The chief minister directed all departments to work in close co-ordination and extend rescue and relief measures to people affected by the floods.
Ministers N Raghuveera Reddy, Kanna Lakshminarayana, Botsa Satyanarayana and others attended the review meeting.
Meanwhile, principal opposition Telugu Desam Party demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tour the flood-hit areas of the state immediately and extend financial assistance for relief and rehabilitation.
"Farmers are crest-fallen as they lost standing crop. It is unfortunate that both the state and the Central governments have remained indifferent to their plight. The state government should immediately convene an all-party meeting to discuss the crop losses," TDP spokesman E Peddi Reddy said.
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu had criticised Reddy and other ministers alleging that they were camping in Delhi to participate in a rally at a time when the state was facing heavy rains.