Rain toll 19, crops in lakhs of acres hit

Published: 18th February 2013 07:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th February 2013 07:59 AM   |  A+A-

The toll due to heavy rains and hailstorm that has been lashing the state for the past three days reached 19 on Sunday.

According to official sources, deaths have been reported in nine districts. Besides human loss, 11 cattle too died during the incessant rains. Crops like paddy, maize and Bengal gram were damaged in 1,47,986 hectare and horticulture crops like mango, chillies and vegetables were damaged in 1,04,558 hectare.

Around 46 tonne of chillies in Guntur district and 9,240 tonne of turmeric produced in Nizamabad too were damaged. Around 857 houses were damaged either fully or partially.

Rains lashed all the three regions of the state. According to met officials, the highest rainfall of 88 mm was recorded in Krishna district, followed by 66.4 mm in Guntur.

Of the 20 mandals which received heavy rains, Kankiapdu in Krishna district topped with 285 mm rainfall. Thullur in Guntur district registered 177.7 mm and Chinaganjam in Prakasam district received 111.8 mm.

Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday reviewed the situation and directed ministers J Geetha Reddy and D Sridhar Babu to visit the affected areas.

He asked the officials to obtain preliminary reports on rain losses from collectors for a high-level review on Monday at the Secretariat.

Three persons were killed due to rains each in Prakasam, Nizamabad and Guntur, two each in Adilabad and Karimnagar and one each in Warangal, Chittoor, Krishna and Nellore districts.

Of the total deceased, 12 died owing to thunderbolt and two due to  electric shock. Two others were killed in a wall collapse, while another two in Adilabad and one in Nizamabad were injured.

The highest number of about 750 houses  were damaged in Adilabad while 42 in Karimnagar, 33 in Kurnool and 13 in Nalgonda were also damaged, according to preliminary estimates.

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