Laila Cyclone caused extensive damage to standing crops in the Coastal areas. Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao speaking to the media said `` agricultural crops in 5,800 hectare were destroyed . The break up is 4,000 hectares in Krishna, 800 hectares in Prakasam, 396 in Kadapa, 275 in Nellore and 288 hectare in East Godavari were badly affected.’’
Referring to the loss incurred by fishermen, the minister said that 260 boats in Prakasam, one each in Krishna and Vizianagaram districts worth Rs 64.15 lakhs were found missing.
``A total of 1,450 boats, including 490 boats in Krishna, 355 in Nellore, 540 in Prakasam, 30 in Guntur, 20 in Visakhapatnam, 12 in Srikakulam and three in Vizianagaram suffered damage resulting in loss of Rs 139.52 lakhs,’’ he added.
The salt ponds also have been a badly affected due to the cyclone. The number of salt ponds affected in West Godavari district alone are 5,095. Apart from this 761 hectare of brackish water culture ponds were inundated.
One hundred and eight electric sub stations were damaged plunging 1047 villages into darkness.