It is expected to make landfall between Kalingapatnam and Masula on Nov. 28.

60 % of the damaged crop is only in West Godavari district.

Vijayawada: Cyclone Helen, the second major storm to hit Andhra coast in four weeks since Phailin, made landfall on the coast south of Machilipatnam around 1.30pm on Friday, leaving an aftermath of

Trees were uprooted disrupting traffic, communication and electricity towers were damaged as strong gales with speed reaching 100-110 kmph caused havoc in the coastal districts

Heavy loss feared in Krishna, Guntur and West Godavari districts

Heavy to very heavy rain may lash three coastal districts – Guntur, Krishna and West Godavari – as tropical cyclonic storm, Helen, intensified into a severe cyclone on Thursday.

The cyclone is likely to hit southern Andhra coast close to Machilipatnam in Krishna District this afternoon

Andhra Pradesh administration is fully geared up to face the severe cyclonic storm Helen over west- central Bay of Bengal which is likely to hit southern Andhra coast close to Machilipatnam in Krishna District this afternoon.

Hyderabad: Districts along the Bay of Bengal coast began gearing up for Cyclone Phailin, which is expected to make landfall on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

Officials and staff have been put on high alert and the state government has drawn up an action plan. It includes, when the cyclone is 500 km from the coast: Total suspension of fishing operations, evacuation from coastal areas, regulation of rail and road traffic.

Hyderabad: The deaths due to sunstroke have risen to 524 since April 1, 2013, according to the department of Disaster Management of the state government.

With summer reaching its peak, the drinking water problem is intensifying in the tailend areas of the Krishna delta.

For a state that always takes pride in being called the “Rice Bowl of India”, this is surely disconcerting news. As per the 2011 census, there has been a significant fall in the number of cultivators in Andhra Pradesh during the last one decade.

The percentage of cultivators has declined from 22.52 per cent in 2001 to 16.47 per cent in 2011. The total population of the state is 8.45 crore as per the latest census.

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