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Cyclone Gulab: Heavy downpour batters coastal AP districts

The heavy downpour from the early hours till the afternoon on Monday created havoc in many areas in Guntur, Krishna, West Godavari, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts.

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Vijayawada: Under the influence of Cyclonic storm Gulab, heavy downpour battered districts in Coastal Andhra Pradesh inundating several residential colonies, crops in thousands of acres submerged in rainwater and road connectivity disrupted to many villages.

The heavy downpour from the early hours till the afternoon on Monday created havoc in many areas in Guntur, Krishna, West Godavari, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts.

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the situation with Chief Secretary Adityanath Das and District Collectors virtually this afternoon.

The Chief Minister announced Rs.5 lakh compensation to the deceased in the cyclone-hit areas.

He directed the Collectors to extend Rs.1000 to each family whose houses were inundated in the rainwater.

The Officials told the Chief Minister that arrangements were made to provide food, water and medicines to the victims who were in relief camps.

Officials also informed Mr Reddy that 64 relief camps were set up in 12 Mandals in Srikakulam district in which 1,514 victims were taking shelter.

Several residential colonies in the low lying areas in the districts were inundated in rainwater. Several localities plunged into darkness due to power failure as trees and electrical poles uprooted at many places. Crops were inundated in thousands of acres in the district.

Over 100 mm rainfall was recorded in 20 manuals in the West Godavari district. Vehicular traffic disrupted in many villages to district headquarters Eluru as floodwater overflowed on roads.

The Tammileru and Yerra Kaluva streams are receiving heavy inflows following heavy rains in the catchment areas.

Mr Adityanath Das camped in Srikakulam and monitored the relief operations.

MLA Malladi Vishnu, Mayor Bhagyalakshmi and Municipal Commissioner Venkatesh visited some of the inundated localities including Bosenagar, LB Nagar, Rajiv Nagar and Prakashnagar here today.

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