Even before the State could recover from the Godavari and Krishna floods, cyclone Nivar hits AP multiplying the damage. The cyclone crossed the coast near Puducherry during the early hours of Thursday causing severe damage in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. According to the primary estimates, 3,426 villages covering 245 Mandals in the ten districts of AP got affected due to the cyclone.
According to the preliminary estimates of the officials, 4,84,675 acres (close to 5 lakh) of agriculture and horticulture crops got damaged in the State. 4,86,047 tons of product loss and Rs. 965.88 crores of crop loss were reported. 2.60 lakhs of crops got damaged in the Guntur district, majority of them are agriculture crops, 70,000 acres of crop damage reported in Krishna district while 3,625 acres of horticulture crops were damaged in Prakasam district.
A huge amount of paddy crop damage was reported across the State. According to the reports, 4.29 lakh acres of paddy got damaged across the State, out of which 2.57 lakh acres in Guntur district, 70,000 acres in Krishna, 31,000 acres in East Godavari, 16,300 acres in Visakhapatnam, 19,000 acres in Chittoor and 17,900 acres in Nellore districts. Vizianagaram, Prakasam and West Godavari districts also reported damage to the paddy crop.
Apart from Paddy, other crops such as black gram (9,915 acres), Cotton (9,915 acres), groundnut (3,092 acres), tobacco (2,805 acres), and other crops (6,583 acres) also reported damage. In several districts, crops that are at the stage of cutting got damaged due to water stagnation in the fields.
The lives of the people were brought to a standstill due to the heavy rainfall in AP. It was reported that rainfall ranging between 6 cm to 30 cm were recorded in most of the districts in AP. While districts such as Chittoor, Nellore, Kadapa, Krishna, Prakasam, and East Godavari received heavy rainfall, districts such as Anantapur, Kurnool, Guntur and West Godavari received moderate rainfall. Penna, Swarnamukhi, and several other minor rivers in Nellore, Kadapa, and Chittoor districts are in spate endangering the lives of people in the low-lying areas. Waterlogging in houses in few areas in Tirupati Urban was reported. Due to the strong gales and heavy downpour several incidents of trees uprooting and road damages were recorded in the Chittoor district.
The cyclone also claimed the lives of three people in the state. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel retrieved the body of a 30-year-old man in Rallamadugu stream. Police teams found the body of Vinay Reddy, a YSRCP functionary from Palakur village, Puthalapattu Mandal, Chittoor district. It was reported that the car in which Vinay was travelling was washed away near a stream in Irala. The police and NDRF personnel are making efforts to rescue two families stuck in Pincha River near Piler in Chittoor district.
B.V. Srinivasa Rao secretary of Tenant Farmers Association in Krishna district demanded the government to save tenant, Dalit, marginalized and small-scale farmers by providing them Rs. 30,000 compensation and 25 kgs of black gram. The opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu gave a call to his party cadre to provide relief to the victims of the cyclone.
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