The cyclone “Nivar” triggered hefty rainfall in Andhra Pradesh, and the death toll stood at 8, of which 6 were from Chittoor and 2 others in Kadapa, while four persons went missing in the State. The South coastal Andhra and the Rayalaseema region have been hit with heavy rains along with the severe winds with a speed of more than 50kmph. Venkatagiri in Nellore district has received the State’s highest rainfall (245mm).
According to our ground inputs due to heavy rain and waterlogging, paddy crop farmers have suffered the most damage. Cyclone Nivar also damaged Bengal gram, Cotton, Tobacco, Brinjal crops. More than 2 Lakh individuals are directly affected and close to 3 thousand houses perished.
Despite such colossal farm loss and destruction the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government has failed to provide relief measures on a war footing. The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet which met on 27 November 2020 has decided to provide financial aid of just Rs. 500 for homeless people who are shifted to rehabilitation camps due to the impact of the storm and compensation would be given to the farmers who lost their crops by the end of December. On the other hand, the farmers expressed displeasure for not delivering immediate relief for their survival.
The previous government under Chandrababu Naidu in 2018 had announced Rs. 25,000 financial aid for every hectare of crop damaged in floods. During one of the press conferences, the TDP Andhra Pradesh Unit President Kinjarapu Atchannaidu had demanded the YCP Government to provide compensation for farmers and to protect the farmers who have incurred losses due to untimely rains.
The Jagan Reddy and his Government should at least learn from the relief measures being implemented by the Chief Minister of the neighbouring State of Telangana which has announced Rs. 10,000 of financial aid for every flood affected family. Also, the YCP Government failed to fulfil its promise of setting up a Rs. 4,000 crore disaster relief fund.