Toll rises to 48 in AP, crops in 1.8 lac hectares damaged

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Hyderabad, Sep 20 (UNI) The toll in rain-related incidents in Andhra Pradesh mounted to 48 today even as the state continued to receive heavy showers under the impact of a low pressure area over west central Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Disaster Management officials, giving the break-up of the toll said, 11 people died in Guntur district, ten in Karimnagar, Kurnool (7), Warangal (5), Anantapur and Kadapa four each, Mahaboob Nagar (3), Khammam (2) and one each in Adilabad and Nellore.

The toll includes 16 people, who died due to lightning.

The continuous downpour affected more than 33,000 families of which 17,000 were evacuated from the worst-hit 56 villages in 30 mandals of the state. As many as 24 relief camps were set up to provide shelter and food to those who were evacuated.

Around 12,000 houses were damaged, while crops in 1.08 lakh hectares were destroyed. More than 120 cattle heads perished, the officials said.

They said Rayalaseema bore the brunt of the fury as Tungabhadra, Pennar, Hundri and Kundu rivers were in spate. The situation was alarming in Guntur and Krishna districts where hundreds of island villages were submerged as the Krishna was overflowing at Prakasham Barrage in Vijayawada.

UNI

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