Unseasonal rains and gales have damaged several horticulture crops on nearly 1,696 hectares in parts of Andhra Pradesh. Crops like banana, cashew nut, cocoa, papaya, oil palm, coconut and several varieties of vegetables suffered great damage or loss in parts of five districts including Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, West Godavari, Guntur and Kadapa.
According to deccanchronicle.com, the number of farmers affected in the rains and gales could amount to 7,331. The authorities claim that the gale was so powerful that they broke electric poles and uprooted the stems of banana crops in parts of Chagallu, Denduluru, T. Narasapuram and Dwaraka Tirumala mandals in West Godavari.
Rains also damage crops in Kothagudem, Telangana state
Telanganatoday.com reports that yesterday, District Collector, M.V. Reddy assessed the situation in the wake of unseasonal rains the district witnessed on Wednesday. Reddy appealed to the public to be cautious as there was a forecast of thunderstorms for the next three days.
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