As Cyclone Michaung intensifies its approach towards the Bay of Bengal, the coastal regions, particularly Bapatla and Guntur districts, are gearing up for the impact of heavy to very heavy rainfall. Anticipating the severity of the cyclone, district authorities are taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of residents and minimize potential damages.
In a teleconference led by Bapatla and Guntur District Collectors, P Ranjit Bhasha and Venu Gopal Reddy, officials were directed to elevate alert levels and disseminate essential information on cyclone preparedness to the public. In response to the looming threat, Bapatla officials have declared a two-day holiday for schools on December 4, 5 and even 6. Furthermore, the Spandana programme has been cancelled, and residents in the delta region are strongly advised to stay indoors.
The police department has been given explicit instructions to maintain vigilance and extend necessary assistance to the public during this critical period. As the cyclone approaches, concerns escalate for the more than 1 lakh paddy farmers in Guntur district, whose crops are on the brink of harvest.
With over 45,000 farmers cultivating paddy across 1.3 lakh acres, 25 per cent of the crop has already been harvested, while 75 per cent stands vulnerable. Agriculture Department Assistant Director, A Venkateswarulu, expresses apprehension about potential damage to crop quality due to heavy rains. Farmers are urgently advised to dig tunnels to prevent waterlogging, a measure crucial to preventing early sprouting and severe damage.
Additionally, farmers are instructed to diligently remove weeds and ensure that internal drainage systems are clean and operational. The agriculture department remains on high alert, ready to provide necessary assistance to minimize crop losses and support the farming community through this challenging period.
As Cyclone Michaung’s impact looms large, the collective efforts of authorities and residents alike aim to mitigate the potential risks and safeguard the well-being of the affected regions. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing situation.