Flood situation grim in AP, Odisha

Last Updated 27 October 2013, 20:25 IST

Rain continued to ease over Andhra Pradesh, but the trail of destruction left by week-long downpours in the state as well as in neighbouring Odisha remained grim.

The toll in both states as a result of rain and floods climbed to 50 with widespread damage to crops, houses and infrastructure.

The week-long rain in AP, triggered by depression and vigorous northeast monsoon, killed 42 people, while five remain missing in Karimnagar, Krishna and Visakhapatnam districts.

Rainfall ranging from 276 mm to 133 mm battered 4,190 villages in 18 districts across all regions in the state, damaging 21,682 dwellings and uprooting over 84,769 people.

With most of these villages still under water, the state government has dispatched 500 medical teams to offer first aid and prevent communicable diseases such as gastroenteritis and other water-borne diseases.

In all, eight lakh hectares of cotton, paddy, maize, groundnut, red gram, sugarcane, tobacco, black gram, chilies and vegetables were inundated.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy  directed the Health Department to send in more medical teams and adequate medicines. Hyderabad city was lashed by heavy rain, leaving several low-lying areas water-logged. Hussainsagar lake in the city has reached its full capacity and there will be discharge of water in the event of more rain.

Meanwhile, toll in Odisha due to rain and floods touched 19, even as the situation remained grim on Sunday.

The low pressured induced rain led to fresh floods in the Budhabalang river in Mayurbhanj district with water gushing into district headquarters town of Baripada and 50 villages, an official source said.

The very heavy rainfall damaged 96 distribution transformers of the Central Electricity Supply in the district.

A population of 16.50 lakh people were affected in 10 districts, as over 60 villages remained marooned in the worst-hit Ganjam, sources said.

(Published 27 October 2013, 20:25 IST)

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