02 August, 2021

Bay Of Death

500 die as a cyclone slams flood-hit coastal areas

Bay Of Death

NATURE seems to have targeted Andhra Pradesh to unleash all its fury. Barely had the state started to recover from flash floods that hit the coast last month, when a deadly cyclone struck the coastal districts last week. The two disasters have together claimed 2,000 lives, besides destroying property and crops in five districts and putting a heavy strain on the financially-starved 14-month-old government of N. Chandrababu Naidu.

It was the overflowing reservoirs in Prakasan and Cuddapah districts, breached at several places, which flooded the low-lying villages and claimed hundreds of human lives and cattle, besides destroying standing crops. The recent hurricane, with winds blowing at 160-180 km per hour, wreaked havoc in East and West Godavari districts.

It is not as if the Naidu Government was caught napping and had not taken precautionary measures. When the meteorological centre at Visakhapatnam sounded a red alert on November 5, the chief minister, who was still organising relief in flood-affected areas, sent directives to district...

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