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Floods in AP: 67,864 hectares of crops damaged

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Visakhapatnam, Krishna, Guntur, Kadapa, Kurnool, Srikakulam, and Godavari districts have suffered major damage.

Floods in Andhra Pradesh due to a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal causing rainfall has damaged crops about 68,000 hectares of cropland in the state. The damaged crops include paddy, pulses, sugarcane, maize, ragi, cotton, tobacco as well as banana and chili harvest in some areas. Eight districts Visakhapatnam, Krishna, Guntur, Kadapa, Kurnool, Srikakulam, West, and East Godavari have suffered major damage. The worst damage has been recorded in East Godavari with the least being in Kurnool.

Reports indicate that 11 people have lost their lives in flood-related incidents in Andhra Pradesh. 6 of these deaths were from Visakhapatnam, 2 from Guntur, 1 each from East Godavari, West Godavari, and Krishna districts. The reasons behind these deaths include the collapse of building walls, the sudden flow of rainwater among others.

Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada received 7.79 lakh cusecs of water, exceeding the estimated discharge of 6 lakh cusecs of floodwater, due to heavy rains in the neighboring state of Telangana.

The flood level in Krishna River has been rising rapidly in the last few days and officials of the Water Resources Department issued multiple warnings when the outflow from the Prakasam Barrage crossed 3.96 lakh cusecs in the past few days. The discharge is bound to increase as more outflow at the Pulichintala project upstream of the Barrage is reported. The inflows would also increase due to the recent heavy rainfall. 

As of Wednesday morning, Krishna district witnessed an average of 45.3 mm rainfall. Vijayawada urban and rural areas received 56.2mm rainfall.

Due to rains, more than 400 fishing boats were lost in West Godavari and some in Visakhapatnam. Officials have estimated that over 900 kilometres of roads have suffered damage across the state due to the current flood situation. On Thursday, five more mandals received rainfall of more than 75 millimetres.

“Spoke to @TelanganaCMO KCR Garu and AP CM @ysjagan Garu regarding the situation in Telangana and AP respectively due to heavy rainfall. Assured all possible support and assistance from the Centre in rescue & relief work. My thoughts are with those affected due to the heavy rains,” Prime Minister Modi had tweeted.

On 15 October, AP CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted a review meeting with Collectors from different districts to review the extent of damage. On Friday, TDP National General Secretary and MLC Nara Lokesh visited certain flood affected areas in and around Mangalagiri to take stock of the situation.


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