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Nilam floods 4.9 lakh hectares of agri land in AP

Floods along the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, caused by cyclonic storm Nilam, have already affected standing crops growing on about five lakh hectares, according to a government official. Isolated heavy rains have been forecast for the coastal areas over the next 48 hours.

“We estimate that 4.9 lakh hectares of agriculture and horticulture crops have been affected by flooding waters,” said Vinod Kumar, the additional secretary for disaster management at the Andhra Pradesh (AP) Secretariat.

The damage done in terms of the yield; and the financial loss to farmers and the state will surface once waters recede, Kumar said. “Various government departments such as the revenue department, the agriculture and horticulture departments, the fisheries department will visit affected areas soon and (the Secretariat) expects the departments to submit their reports within 15 days,” Kumar said.

The local salt industry; and fishing off the coast of AP has taken a beating because of the storm, Kumar said. “But we do not have data on the extent of damage as of now,” he said.

25 lives have been lost in Andhra Pradesh, Kumar said. Nine coastal districts in the state have borne the brunt of the cyclonic storm.

Andhra Pradesh is the top producer of fish, and accounts for over 16 percent of India’s total fish production estimated at 91 lakh tons, according to a data available with industry lobby The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), and published in newspapers. India is the second largest producer of fish, after China, according to news reports.