West Godavari, Aug 23: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday has conducted an aerial survey on floods in the Godavari river over the past week have caused damage worth Rs 600 crore in East and West Godavari districts.
After conducting the survey, he reviewed meeting with collectors and officials at Rajahmundry airport and said flood effect is much higher in 45 villages of East Godavari district.
There is a huge loss of crops in 6600 hectares. Roads and bridges in the region would be repaired at a cost of Rs 35 crore.
Meanwhile, 1500 TMC of water flows from river Godavari into the Bay of Bengal, the balance should be achieved by diverting Godavari water. Polavaram project works is finished with 57.5 percent and it will be completed by May 2019.
He announced Rs 25,000 as compensation per hectare of crops damaged in floods in the districts, media reported. Paddy crop in about 11,000 hectares across the two districts, considered the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh, were submerged in flood waters. Cotton too suffered extensive damage in about 1,300 hectares. Officials of the agriculture department said there was some chance of revival of paddy crop once the water dries up, but cotton crops were completely damaged.
Naidu conducted an aerial survey of the districts on Wednesday and reviewed the flood situation with collectors of the two districts and other officials at Rajamahendravaram airport. He said steps would be taken to address the flooding of Yerrakaluva canal on a permanent basis.
"This canal caused the major damage in West Godavari district," he said. Causeways damaged in the flood would be rebuilt while roads in the region would be repaired at a cost of Rs 35 crore.
An unidentified official said the state government will submit a report on the flood damage to the Centre, seeking financial assistance after a complete assessment in a few days.