AP blames Met for scant info on Nilam

As the post-cyclone floods wreak havoc in Andhra Pradesh killing at least 25 people,  displacing over a lakh, inundating 525 lakh hectares of crops and destroyimg 1,200 houses in three days, the state government has  blamed the Met department for not giving vital information on the actual impact.

Revenue minister N Raghuveera Reddy, who was present at the review meeting with the chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday, said that Mrt department failed to caution the farmers on the repercussions of Nilam land fall.

According to preliminary reports with state officials, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts were the worst hit as rivers and rivulets remained in spate.

The floods have also damaged road network of almost 1,000 km. District collectors were asked to prepare final reports at the earliest as the state has turned to the Centre for relief. “The chief minister directed all departments to work in close co-ordination and extend rescue and relief measures to people affected by the floods,” officials said.

Meanwhile, the South Central Railway, in view of the disruption of train services on Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Section at Tuni due to floods cancelled Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Garib Rath Express scheduled to depart from Secunderabad and Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Duranto Express scheduled to depart from Secunderabad at 8.30pm on Monday.

The SCR has rescheduled Secunderabad-Bhubaneshwar Visakha Express, and canceled Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Special Train.

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