Laila battered farmers the most
Though the exact monetary loss suffered by farmers is yet to be quantified, major crops like paddy, groundnut, summer cotton, blackgram, maize and sunflower got badly damaged in coastal districts of Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, West Godavari and East Godavari.india Updated: May 22, 2010 22:06 IST
The fierce cyclonic storm that hit Andhra Pradesh coast on Thursday evening has left farmers badly battered in particular and common people in general.
Though the exact monetary loss suffered by farmers is yet to be quantified, major crops like paddy, groundnut, summer cotton, blackgram, maize and sunflower got badly damaged in coastal districts of Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, West Godavari and East Godavari.
According to the state Disaster Management Commissioner T Radha, crops in over 15,000 hectares suffered huge damage because of the cyclonic storm and the resultant heavy rains over the past four days.
Likewise, horticulture crops like mango, banana, papaya, acid lime, guava, cashew and chillies in over 12,000 hectares got damaged as per current estimates.
Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao told newsmen at the end of a high-level review meeting with Chief Minister K Rosaiah here tonight that teams have been formed for taking up final enumeration and complete the process as early as possible.
The animal husbandry and poultry sectors also bore the brunt of Laila with about 1000 cattle and 9,000 birds getting killed in the coastal districts.
About 500 tonnes of fodder was also destroyed in the cyclone.
Laila, however, gave bountiful rains in 11 districts, including three in normally-parched Rayalaseema and two in Telangana, according to the Revenue Minister.
While four districts recorded normal rainfall so far this season, five recorded a deficit and three received scanty rainfall, he added.
Fishermen also suffered extensive damage because of Laila in coastal districts.
While three fishermen were still missing, 420 fishing boats were lost in the cyclone. Three thousand boats suffered damage and 7,000 fishing nets were also lost. About 5,095 salt pans along the Bay of Bengal coast were also damaged in the cyclonic storm.
The Revenue Minister said Rosaiah directed the authorities to ensure prompt relief for the cyclone-affected people.