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Cyclone Nilam does maximum damage to coastal Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, Nov 6 (): Cyclone Nilam has impacted Andhra Pradesh to a great extent, where the state’s coastal areas have been  forced to face the nature’s wrath with most of its villages and towns under water  after the cyclone hit the state.

Death toll in the area has risen up to twenty-eight as four children yesterday were reportedly electrocuted due the heavy rains in the coastal areas. Sources of MET expect further rainfall in the next twenty-four hours.

A total of 68,000 people living in low-lying areas were shifted to relief camps. Due to Cyclone Nilam, 5 lakh hectares of crop have been damaged which is the major worry for the state, said the officials.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi have assured to lend a hand to the state which met the disastrous cyclone a week back. Sources said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called on Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and enquired him regarding the ongoing situation of the storm-hit state.

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister is expected to visit the areas on Tuesday that has been completely shattered in the rain. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday held a meeting in Hyderabad with his ministers and senior officials to discuss about the situation and to know whether proper accommodations are being provided to the  rain-hit victims.

A number of trains were cancelled and some were running late as railway tracks at Tuni and Gullipadu stations in Vijayawada were completely submerged with water. The Chief Minister has announced to provide Rs 1.50 lakh to the families of the dead and had also requested the central government to make a relaxation in the rules for purchasing cotton that was affected by rains.

Cyclone ‘Nilam’ which crossed Tamil Nadu a week back, slowly moved towards coastal Andhra Pradesh, and caused massive destruction to the state  leaving more than thousands homeless.