Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy visited East and West Godavari districts on Tuesday to review relief measures with officials and assess the damage. The Chief Minister could not visit Visakhapatnam district due to bad weather.
First, he visited Tadepalligudem in West Godvari and then Tuni in East Godavari and held review meetings. He said at Tuni that nearly standing crops on 3 lakh acres were affected and paddy crop was the worst-hit. He assured farmers that the loss would be assessed and arrangements would be made to purchase discoloured paddy. He promised relief to farmers who cultivated other crops as well.
Earlier, at Tadepalligudem in West Godavari district, he spoke of the need to modernise the Godavari delta as a long-term measure, to mitigate the damage to crops, especially paddy in the event of cyclones.
“We have drawn up a plan to modernise the Godavari delta at a cost of Rs 3,360 crore and works are in progress. Already, Rs 450 crore has been spent on delta modernisation works in the two districts. I will instruct officials to expedite the works and complete the project as early as possible,” he said.
West Godavari district Collector Vani Mohan told the Chief Minister at the review meeting that crops on 1,44,000 hectares were damaged in the district, mainly paddy. There was also heavy damage to horticultural crops.
The Chief Minister said he had instructed officials to help all sections of the public affected by rains and floods, and the assistance of the Union Government would be sought after preparation of a report on the damage in a few days. He said tenant farmers would also be given assistance.
In a press release, the Tobacco Board at Guntur said there was partial damage to tobacco nurseries in West Godavari district in an extent of 3,155 hectares and the board would render help to farmers for replantation. Seedlings would be provided, the board added.