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Andhra CM Jagan Reddy will conduct an aerial reconnaissance of the areas affected by cyclone Nivar

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Heavy rains due to Cyclone Nivar in the past two days caused the loss of crops on around 30,000 hectares, in addition to the destruction of horticulture on around 1,300 hectares in four districts of Andhra Pradesh, according to preliminary estimates by the state department of agriculture. .

The state cabinet meeting on Friday discussed the devastation caused by Nivar in the past 48 hours. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered that the enumeration of crop losses be completed by December 15 and that farmers who suffered heavy losses be compensated according to the rules by December 31.

The prime minister would conduct an aerial reconnaissance of the rain-affected areas on Saturday and hold a review meeting with officials from Nellore, Chittoor and Kadapa in Tirupati.

Reporting to the media after the cabinet meeting, state agriculture minister K Kannababu said that the districts of Nellore, Prakasam, Chittoor and Kadapa had suffered heavy losses due to excess rainfall by up to 188 percent.

According to preliminary reports, crop losses were reported on some 30,000 hectares in Chittoor, Nellore, YSR Kadapa and Prakasam districts. Rice (16,290 hectares) followed by blackgram (7,362), cotton (3,571) and other crops (2,529 hectares) suffered damage due to the heavy rains caused by the cyclone.

He said that more than 10,000 people were transferred to 147 relief camps. Each person, regardless of age and gender, would receive 500 rupees in cash as immediate relief so that they could return home after the fury of the rain.

He said farmers who suffered a large crop failure would receive seeds with an 80 percent subsidy. Ex gratia and compensation in respect of loss of human life and damage to property would be paid according to the guidelines.

The rain also caused the interruption of electricity supply in several areas and roads were damaged in an area of ​​180 km. 664 houses were flooded and another 673 houses were damaged.

The cabinet also approved the decision to inaugurate the housing site distribution program on December 25. In total, 30.6 lakhs of people would receive pattas from housing sites. So far, 66,518 acres of land have been purchased at a cost of Rs 23 billion for the distribution of the land.

Similarly, houses for 28.3 lakh people will be built on behalf of the Jagananna colonies. The houses will be finished in three years. In the first phase, the government would build 16 lakh houses.

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