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Nov 06, 2006 at 08:02pm IST

35 killed in AP cyclone Ogni

Krishna District (Andhra Pradesh): A cyclonic storm has caused 35 deaths in coastal Andhra Pradesh (AP).

Heavy rains lashed West and East Godavari, Guntur, Prakasam and Krishna districts of AP following cyclone Ogni.

Some paddy farmers from Krishna district say they have lost everything to the cyclone.

Heavy rains inundated their fields, damaged the crop and houses, besides washing away road links to the village.

"I have lost everything and my field is completely submerged. What will my family eat?" said a farmer, Narsinghi Rao.

West Godavari and Prakasam districts are worst-affected as over 1,25,000 acre of crops have been damaged in Krishna district alone.

Even as the floodwaters are slowly receding, the state government's initial assessment shows extensive damage to life and property.

"We are estimating extensive damage to about Rs 1,455 crore. Mostly paddy crops are submerged," said Commissioner, Disaster Management, Preeti Sudan.

Over 2 lakh villagers have been evacuated in the last five days and shifted to relief camps. Food, medicines and clothes have been dispatched to marooned villages that were cut off for a week.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil is expected to visit the cyclone-affected areas on Tuesday for a spot assessment of the situation.