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Missing fishermen safe, CM conducts aerial survey of affected

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati/Visakhapatnam 

N Chandrababu Tuesday conducted an aerial survey of Cyclone Phethai-hit districts of East and West Godavari districts in the State, even as rescue and relief measures were stepped up.

interacted with people, who have been lodged in a relief camp at Bhairavapalem village, and enquired about and other facilities.

Officials said about 12 crew members and fishermen of three deep-sea fishing trawlers, who went missing in the Bay of Bengal Monday, were reported safe Tuesday.

Another group of 14 fishermen, stranded at sea off coast, were rescued in an operation by the Coast Guard.

Three boats that drifted in the sea under the impact of Phethai reached Sorlagondi near Nagayalanka in Krishna district Tuesday, according to the State Real-Time Governance Centre (RTGS).

"Twelve people, who were reported missing Monday, were safe," RTGS told

Meanwhile, a release from the Station in said 14 fishermen stranded in two boats at sea off were rescued Tuesday.

The fishermen, who were stranded close to the rig, were airlifted in two sorties by a helicopter and brought back to Kakinada, the release added.

The in said a Naval Dornier aircraft from INS Dega was launched Tuesday to undertake an aerial survey of coastal areas around affected by

The aircraft carried out recce from along the coast up to Machilipatnam, a naval release said.

Photographs taken by the aircraft revealed flooding in low lying areas, including paddy fields in Kothapalli, Katrenikona villages and Sursani Yanam, south of Kakinada, the said.

Preliminary estimates prepared by government agencies revealed that agriculture and horticulture crops in over 14,000 hectares suffered widespread damage due to Phethai.

Paddy crop, ready for harvesting in a few more days, was the worst-affected, followed by banana plantations, maize, tobacco and other crops.

A detailed enumeration is being carried out to assess the exact damage, even as N Chandrababu directed the officials concerned to complete the process quickly so that compensation could be paid to affected farmers by December 20.

Naidu held a review meeting with ministers and East Godavari district officials at Kakinada.

The said the could make effective use of technology and precisely estimate the cyclone movement.

"We could take all precautionary measures because of this and ensure there was no loss of life," he said.

Generators were used for power supply in affected regions while 140 tankers have been deployed for drinking water supply.

Communication and were restored in quick time, bringing relief to people, he added.

in Visakhapatnam district recorded the maximum 23 cm of rain Monday followed by Tallarevu (17 cm) in district.

Many parts of West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts also received rain under the impact of Phethai, the chief minister said.

lashed coastal Monday, triggering heavy rains, uprooting trees and electric poles, and claiming one life,before moving towards Odisha.

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First Published: Tue, December 18 2018. 19:37 IST