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    MR. S.D.MISRA, INDIA'S DEPUTY MINISTER FOR IRRIGATION AND POWER, TOLD PARLIAMENT IN NEW DELHI YESTERDAY?

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    MR. S.D.MISRA, INDIA'S DEPUTY MINISTER FOR IRRIGATION AND POWER, TOLD PARLIAMENT IN NEW DELHI YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE NUMBER OF DEAD AND MISSING IN LAST WEEK'S FLOODS IN ANDHRA STATE, IN SOUTH-EASTERN INDIA, WAS ABOUT ONE HUNDRED.

    HE DISMISSED PRESS REPORTS THAT ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE HAD DIED. HE SAID THAT ACCORDING TO INFORMATION FROM THE ANDHRA GOVERNMENT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS SO FAR WAS 48 AND ABOUT 50 PEOPLE WERE MISSING.

    HEAVY RAINS INNUNDATED THE COASTAL BELT OF ANDHRA STATE, SWELLING RIVER TO BURSTING POINT. LARGE AREAS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND WERE FLOODED AND ROAD, RAIL AND TELEGRAPH COMMUNICATIONS WERE BADLY DISRUPTED.

    WORST DAMAGE WAS IN THE CITY OF MACHERLA WHEN TWO IRRIGATION RESERVOIRS BURST SENDING A TORRENT OF RAGING WATER INTO THE CITY.

    ANOTHER CITY TO SUFFER SERIOUS DAMAGE WAS VIJAYAWADA, WHEN THE RIVER KRISHNA BURST ITS BANKS. ONLY JUST RECOVERING FROM A SERIES OF DISASTROUS FIRES, THE FLOODWATER ENTERED ALMOST EVERY BUILDING IN THE CITY.

    THERE'S STILL NO CLEAR PICTURE OF THE TOLL OF LIFE IN VIJAYAWADA, AS LOCAL AUTHORITIES ORDERED THE CITY EVACUATED AS THE RIVER KRISHNA ROSE RAPIDLY. BUT LOCAL FARMERS DID SUFFER HEAVY LOSSES AS THEIR CROPS WERE RUINED AND THEIR LIVESTOCK CARRIED AWAY BY THE FLOODWATER.

    THE FLOODS HAVE NOT ONLY CAUSED SERIOUS LOSS TO ANDHRA STATE BUT TO INDIA ITSELF, ALREADY FACING A SERIOUS FOOD SHORTAGE. AN AERIAL VIEW SURVEY OF THE FLOOD AFFECTED AREA BY DR.K.L.RAO, INDIA'S MINISTER FOR IRRIGATION, SAID THAT THE CROPS IN EARLY HALF OF THE STATE COULD BE WRITTEN OFF.

    THE LOSS IN RICE CROPS ALONE AMOUNTED TO MORE THAN 600 THOUSAND TONS WORTH ABOUT 240 MILLION RUPEES, (GBP18 MILLION STERLING)

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    Film ID:
    VLVACZAEI2D03QGIJWD891VOKOBEQ
    Media URN:
    VLVACZAEI2D03QGIJWD891VOKOBEQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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