Jal claims 11 lives in Andhra

The “Jal” cyclone that weakened and drifted towards Chennai on Sunday night claimed 11 lives in Andhra Pradesh in different incidents.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah said the heavy rain caused by the cyclonic storm have left a trail of destruction in the south coastal districts.

“In all, 11 people lost their lives because of the heavy rain in the last 24 hours,” he told reporters after a high-level review meeting.

Heavy rain is expected in the coastal districts till Tuesday. The administration has already taken steps to mitigate the damage, Rosaiah said. The Prime Minister’s Office, too, was constantly monitoring the situation caused by “Jal.”

“The PMO has been in regular touch with the state government and obtained updates on the cyclonic storm despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s pre-occupation with the visiting US President Barack Obama. It shows the concern of the prime minister towards the state,” he pointed out.

Rosaiah said officials of different departments have been asked to enumerate losses caused to public property, roads, houses and crops once water receded. “We have already sent preliminary reports to the Centre on the extent of loss caused by the heavy rain. We shall send a detailed report by November 20,” he said. 

Replying to a question, Rosaiah agreed that the cyclone relief centres in coastal districts were in bad shape.

“The problem is with the maintenance of these centres. We have asked the respective village panchayats and the local people to take care of the maintenance but they are reluctant, leaving the responsibility on the state government. It is practically not possible for us to maintain these cyclone relief centres. Thus, they are left in a bad shape,” the Chief Minister pointed out. He said the Centre was ready to sanction more number of cyclone relief centres in the coastal districts.

Relief camps

Meanwhile, state Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said that over 23,000 people who were evacuated from their villages were still lodged in 103 relief camps in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore, Prakasam, Krishna, West Godavari and East Godavari districts. In all 59 mandals in six coastal districts and Chittoor in Rayalaseema were affected by “Jal”.

The state received an average of 19.9 mm rainfall under the impact of “Jal” cyclone.

Interestingly, the normally dry Anantapur district in Rayalaseema received the maximum of 47.7 mm rainfall up to 10 am on Monday followed by 44.7 mm in Visakhapatnam, 42.5 in Chittoor, 42.2 mm in Kadapa, 40.2 mm in SPS Nellore and 27.7 mm in Prakasam.

The state government has put off the district Collectors’ conference, scheduled to be held here on November 11 and 12, to 26 and 27 in view of the Jal cyclone, the revenue minister said.

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