Cyclone Michaung destroys districts of Andra Pradesh’s coastal areas, crops get damaged

Severe cyclonic storm, Michaung which had made its landfall near Bapatla in Andra Pradesh on the afternoon of Tuesday had brought torrential rainfall and led to a huge amount of destruction in at least six of the coastal areas districts of Andra Pradesh.

The cyclonic wind speed gusting at a high speed of 90 kmph to 110 kmph lashed the coastline and eventually the storm is expected to gradually weaken, an official of the state’s cyclone warning centre said.. But, it also caused an extensive damage to the standing crops and disrupted the communication network and transport, as the officials stated. Heavy to very heavy rains lashed Nellore, Chittoor, Guntur,Prakasam, Bapatla and Krishna districts while it has been warned by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials that there will be heavy rains across the coastal and Rayalaseema regions for the next 24 hours.

Apart from these regions, West Godavari and Konaseema districts also received heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon. The officials also added that there were many trees and electric poles which were uprooted at various places in the coastline region while the relief workers were present and were busy in clearing the electric poles and the uprooted trees. “Standing crops in thousands of acres have been damaged,” an official from the agriculture department stated.

As part of the state’s relief operations, the state government has sought 97,000 tonne paddy on Sunday while 650,000 tonne was transferred to multiple safe storage locations. There were as many as 181 relief camps which have been set up in the state. Apart from this, Five NDRF and five SDRF teams have also been deployed in the eight districts. The families living in the low lying areas are currently sheltered at the relief camps and they would also be provided a compensation of ₹2,500 while returning home while the individuals would be granted ₹1,000 to compensate for loss of livelihood. The affected families would also be provided with food such as 25 kg of rice, palm oil, pulses, potatoes and onions.

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