Hyderabad: The heavy rains in the last two days have caused extensive damage to standing crops in East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Khammam.
Standing paddy suffered extensive damage in East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts while harvested chilly that was ready for sale got damaged in Khammam district, sources said.
Due to the downpour, Palvancha in Khammam district recorded 7.6 cm of rain in the last 24 hours while Mylavaram in Krishna district and Bapatla in Guntur district received 6 cm of rain each. In Krishna district, chilli, maize and mango suffered damage while in the districts like Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Karimnagar, Warangal and Anantapur, standing Rabi crops were badly hit.
As per the preliminary estimation, the crop loss might be in crores. Coal production in the opencast mines in the Kothagudem area of Khammam district too was hampered because of rain. The Port town of Kakinada has been receiving a heavy downpour since this morning. Heavy rain was also reported from Nellore.
According to the Disaster Management department, the average rainfall in Srikakulam was 5 cm, Vizianagaram (3.6 cm), Visakhapatnam (2.5 cm), East Godavari (6.2 cm), West Godavari (6.5 cm), Krishna (24.1 cm), Guntur (23.4 cm), Prakasam (3.6 cm), Nellore (0.5 cm), Chittoor (4.1 cm), Anantapur (3.7 cm), Mahabubnagar (20.9 cm), Ranga Reddy (10.9 cm), Medak (14.3 cm), Nizamabad (7.9 cm), Adilabad (4 cm), Karimnagar (16.4 cm), Warangal (37.2 cm), Khammam (37.4 cm), Nalgonda (21.4 cm). The average rainfall recorded on Friday in the State was 13 cm. (NSS)