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Heavy rains in Andhra leave trail of destruction

india Updated: Nov 09, 2009 17:51 IST

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Heavy rains in five districts of Andhra Pradesh over the last three days have left a trail of destruction, damaging crops, killing livestock and causing houses to collapse.

The rains have destroyed crops in over 600 hectares, according to preliminary estimates but no human loss has been reported in any of the districts.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting in Hyderabad on Monday and directed authorities concerned to be on alert despite the low-pressure area moving away towards Lakshadweep.

Briefing reporters after the review meeting, Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Reddy and Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said horticulture crops, including vegetables, were damaged in 80 hectares while 56 cattle died due to heavy rains in these districts.

Jaladanki Mandal in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district received the heaviest 50 cm of rainfall followed by 40 cm in Kavali town. Nellore town received 26.8 cm of rain.

In Prakasam, Chittoor, Anantapur and Kadapa districts received heavy downpours but the damage caused was very less, the ministers said.

In Nellore, 300 houses collapsed while roads (both Roads and Buildings Department and Panchayat Raj Department) suffered breaches at 325 points. As many as 40 major tanks and 200 canals also suffered breaches.