CM busy in monitoring TITLI cyclone relief

Amaravathi: The Chief Minister,  N. Chandrababu Naidu, has predicted bright future for Srikakulam district if a beach road is laid from Srikakulam to Visakhapatnam and joined with the National Highway 5 to fecilitate industrialisation of the area and it would become one of the best tourist spots in the world.

Going through the cyclone-hit areas in Srikakulam district today, the Chief Minister assured the victims that the government would supply them essential commodities and provide compensation for crop loss. He reviewed the relief measures rendered by the officials at relief camps and water supply through tankers and inquired about restoration of power supply.

Naidu came down heavily on the Central government for not rendering any assistance in the relief operations. In the cyclone-hit Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts road transport and train services have been restored completely. While power supply was restored completely in Vizianagaram district and it was restored to an extent of 58 per cent in Srikakulam district. Water supply was restored in 291 out of total affected 377 villages. Telecom services have been restored to an extent of 90 per cent.

Out of 14 road breaches occurred, eight have been plugged till now. All the 2887 uprooted trees have been removed. All 69 traffic disruptions have been cleared.

As many as 5,700 people were provided shelter in 47 relief camps. Food packets and water sachets were distributed among them. Nearly 1150 medical camps were held. Nearly 700 men from State and national disaster relief forces were engaged in relief operations besides 540 men from Fire services. The government distributed essential commodities like rice, sugar, palmolein oil, dhal, potatoes and onions. As many houses have lost the roof, the government is distributing 10 asbestoes sheets per affected house and promised to construct pucca houses for the victims later.

The cyclone has affected several crops like paddy and uprooted several mango and cashes plants. The government announced a compensation of Rs. 20,000 per hectare of paddy and Rs25,000 per hectare of cashew crop and Rs. 1200 per coconut tree.

The Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu has assured the affected farmers that cashew and coconut plants were be replanted in three years. A compensation of Rs. 30,000 is paid per milch animal killed and Rs. 3000 per goat or sheep.

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