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Heavy rains kill 29 in Andhra Pradesh

Posted on Nov 07, 05:10PM | IBNS

At least 29 people were killed as heavy rains triggered by last week's Cyclone Nilam continued to throw normal life out of gear in the Indian state, media reports said on Wednesday.

Large number of villages in the state remained inundated.

Moreover, standing paddy and cotton crops have been damaged in East and West Godavari districts.

Assuring to provide help, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy told NDTV: "The flood situation is quite severe as the region has seen five or six times the normal rainfall. Fishermen and weavers have lost livelihood.

"Nearly three lakh hectare crop is under water. The crop loss is being estimated and we will provide compensation after enumerating the loss."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called Reddy and offered central help for flood affected areas in the state.

"The PM directed the Chief Minister to constantly monitor the situation and extend all possible assistance for relief and rehabilitation," said the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Tuesday.

"The PM also extended sympathies to those who have lost their family members in Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts," said the PMO.

Floods have forced thousands of people to leave their homes and take refuge in government shelters.