Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Saturday directed the officials to immediately assess in detail, the crop and other damages, occurred due to hailstorm havoc in 15 districts from April 15 to 22 and submit a report to the government. The affected districts are: Ranga Reddy, Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar, Vizianagaram, Chittoor, YSR Kadapa district, Anantapur, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Prakasam and Warangal.
The Chief Minister reviewed the damages with the officials at the Secretariat. Mr K.Jana Reddy, Minister for Panchayat Raj, Mr S.V. Prasad, Chief Secretary, Mr V. Nagi Reddy, Principal Secretary, Agriculture; Mr T. Radha, Commissioner for Disaster Management, Mr Suneel Sharma, Commissioner of Agriculture, Ms Rani Kumudini, Commissioner of Horticulture and other senior officials attended the review meeting.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to extend all possible help and assistance to the victims as per the guidelines of the government. He said that input subsidy and other assistance should be given after the receipt of a detailed report.
The officials informed the Chief Minister that as per the preliminary estimates, crop damages due to hailstorm and heavy rains from April 15 to 22 were as follows: Standing crop in 1,18,651 hectare was destroyed in 15 districts, Horticulture in 16,101 hectare in 13 districts. Besides, three persons died and five houses collapsed in Mahbubnagar. About 56 cattle perished. Three irrigation sources breached in Mahbubnagar.
The officials also told the Chief Minister that forecast for next 48 hours (up to April 25) is comparatively low rainfall. However, the coastal districts and Rayalaseema regions might receive more rainfall. (NSS)