Paddy crop damaged in AP

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Kakinada, Nov 16 (UNI) Though the cyclone threat is over, the East Godavari district continues to experience inclement weather accompanied by gales for the second day today.

The Kakinada-Uppada beach road was washed away to a stretch of nearly two kms due to the high tides that continues to batter the area.

The District Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi told UNI that standing paddy crop in about 12500 hectares spread over five mandals of- Katrenikona,Uppalaguptham, Sakhinetipalli, Kothapalli and Malkipuram was partially damaged due to the effect of cyclonic rains. According to preliminary reports nearly 200 houses were damaged and 4,000 people evacuated were sheltered in relief camps.

Mr Dwivedi opined that there would not be much damage to the standing crops if there is no further rain. Already enumeration teams have been constituted and being deputed for enumerating the losses to both the standing crops as well as property.

The Collector said repairs to the Kakinada-Uppada beach road would be taken up immediately.

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