Officials instructed to assess the losses
The heavy rain and flash floods triggered by Cyclone Gulab have damaged standing crops including paddy, groundnut, banana, custard apple, lemon trees in more than 1 lakh acres in Vizianagaram and Srikakualm districts.
The government has asked the agriculture officers and village agriculture assistants to take up the enumeration exercise to assess the damage.
Agriculture Deputy Director (Vizianagaram) S.B.S. Nandh said that the water stagnation in fields was a major concern in the aftermath of the cyclone.
“Paddy crops in 22,000 acres, maize in 12,700 acres and cotton in 4,950 acres have been inundated in the district. As per initial reports, standing crops in nearly 45,000 acres in Vizianagaram and around 55,000 acres in Srikakulam have been damaged,” Mr. Nandhsaid.
Meanwhile, CITU leader M. Tirupati Rao, Srikakulam Girijana Samsksehama Sangtham president M. Lakshmana Rao and general secretary B. Apparao visited the flood-hit areas in the Palakonda division and took stock of the situation.
They urged the government to announce a compensation of at least ₹30,000 per acre.
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