Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu 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.
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 Kakinada 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).
The aircraft carried out recce from Visakhapatnam 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 Navy 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 Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu 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.
"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 road networks were restored in quick time, bringing relief to people, he added.
Many parts of West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts also received rain under the impact of Phethai, the chief minister said.
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