Cyclone 'Khai Mukh' weakens, but hits crops in AP

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Hyderabad, Nov 17: The Andhra Pradesh administration heaved a sigh of relief as the cyclonic storm 'Khai Mukh' which threatened to cause extensive damage weakened after crossing the coast near Kavali in Nellore district on Sunday, Nov 17.

Officials of the Disaster Management said today as per the preliminary estimate standing crops in over 31,210 hectares in 51 mandals in six districts were damaged, with Krishna district accounting the highest, over 18,110 acres. East Godavari 12,500 acres and West Godavari 600 acres also suffered heavy damages.

A Majority of 44,949 people living in low lying areas who had been shifted to 66 relief camps since Saturday evening, were sent back home last night.

No casualities have been reported, officials said.

They said 147 houses were fully damaged and 23 houses severely hit in the affected areas.

Fishermen in Nellore, Krishna and Prakasam districts also suffered extensive loss with their boats and fishing nets getting damaged due to high tides which prevailed till yesterday afternoon.

However, the storm has given a much needed respite to farmers, particularly in Rayalaseema as they were waiting for the release of water to commence sowing of Bengal Gram, Groundnut and Maize.

A Kakinada report said a stretch of the Kakinada-Uppada beach road was washed away due to high tides.

The District Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi told UNI that standing paddy crop in about 12,500 hectares spread over to five mandals of Katrenikona,Uppalaguptham, Sakhinetipalli, Kothapalli and Malkipuram was partially damaged due to the effect of cyclonic rains.

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

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

UNI

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