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Large areas still marooned in Andhra Pradesh

Special Correspondent

Flood toll mounts to 58; Manmohan expresses concern over loss of life



A FLOOD OF PROBLEMS: Residents of Nandamuri Nagar Colony in Vijayawada being shifted on Wednesday to a relief centre as flood water inundated the colony following heavy rain. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who visited the flood-affected areas in the city, said six people had lost their lives and 75,000 acres of crop were submerged in floods in Krishna district. — PHOTO: RAJU V.

HYDERABAD: The havoc wreaked by floods when the cyclonic storm hit the Andhra Pradesh coast continued on Wednesday with the death roll mounting to 58, large parts still remaining marooned and communication links being cut off.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was on a day's visit to the State, expressed shock over the loss of life and property. A memorandum seeking Rs. 1200-crore assistance was submitted on behalf of the State Government by Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy to the Prime Minister at Tirupati.

In view of the grim flood situation, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy visited the flood-ravaged areas instead of accompanying the Prime Minister to Sriharikota and Tirupati. After making an aerial survey of the areas besides visiting relief camps to speak to the victims, the Chief Minister put the total loss at Rs. 1809 crores. He indicated that a separate housing scheme was being contemplated for the poorer sections in flood-prone areas.

Central team coming

He told presspersons that a Central team would visit the affected areas in three days' time. He sad Dr. Manmohan Singh announced Rs. 1 lakh ex gratia to the next of the kin of each victim from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund in addition to a similar amount offered by the State Government.

Though rivers were not in spate any more and the rain had abated, the floodwater that had entered villages and towns continued to cause alarm. The Commissioner of Disaster Management said 3533 villages were affected and crops spread over 3 lakh acres were under water. In all, 15,000 houses were damaged, 482 tanks and 97 canals breached. Two helicopters were pressed into service in Bhadrachalam and Rajahmundry for relief and rescue operations.

Rail and road communications in the areas hit by incessant rains and floods continued to be paralysed. The worst-hit was the rail traffic between Dornakal and Vijayawada in Warangal district with 30-metre stretches on two critical lines being washed away.

Work was going at brisk pace and railway officials said the tracks could be restored in the next 24 hours.

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