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November 27, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Cyclone Toll

Many parts of the worst-affected Divi taluka in Krishna district are still inaccessible and the population of these areas is in the vicinity of 10,000.

By: Editorial |
November 27, 2017 12:16:41 am
Many parts of the worst-affected Divi taluka in Krishna district are still inaccessible and the population of these areas is in the vicinity of 10,000.

More than two million people have been rendered homeless and food and cash crops worth Rs 300 crore destroyed in the cyclone that wreaked havoc on the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. It is feared that the orginal estimate of 10,000 dead is conservative. Many parts of the worst-affected Divi taluka in Krishna district are still inaccessible and the population of these areas is in the vicinity of 10,000.

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