Hyderabad, Sep 21 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said an effective management of water resources, created by fool-proof disaster management system, had ensured driving away droughts in the last four and half years in the State.
Reviewing the disaster management preparedness of the State administration with officials and Cabinet colleagues here in the backdrop of the continuous heavy rainfall in the State, he said Andhra Pradesh had emerged as a role-model for its disaster management system.
''Thanks to our continuous monitoring, vigil and preparedness in stocking food, medicine and other relief material, the human loss and damage to properties and livestock has been contained in the recent rain-soaked districts, including the State capital,'' the Chief Minister claimed.
The State achieved record foodgrain production of 198 lakh metric tonnes. For the first time, agriculture sector in the State registered a double-digit growth rate last year, he said.
A National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project costing Rs 1,600 crore was in the process of finalisation covering all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories, Mr Reddy added.
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