Cy­clone Titli: Andhra urges Cen­tre to re­lease ₹1,200 cr

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AMARAVATI: The dev­as­tat­ing cy­clone has hit north coastal Andhra Pradesh, badly dam­ag­ing the in­fra­struc­ture and derail­ing nor­mal life in the re­gion, es­pe­cially in Srikaku­lam and Viziana­garam dis­tricts

The Andhra Pradesh govern­ment Satur­day re­quested the Cen­tre to re­lease ₹1,200 crore as in­terim relief for restora­tion mea­sures in Srikaku­lam and Viziana­garam dis­tricts that were bat­tered by cy­clone Titli.

The se­vere cy­clonic storm hit the two dis­tricts early Thurs­day, with winds gust­ing up to 165 kilo­me­ters per hour. Heavy rain­fall, rang­ing from 10 cm to 43 cm, was wit­nessed in dif­fer­ent parts of the dis­tricts.

In a let­ter to Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, chief min­is­ter N Chandrababu Naidu said, “The dev­as­tat­ing cy­clone has hit north coastal Andhra Pradesh, badly dam­ag­ing the in­fra­struc­ture and derail­ing nor­mal life in the re­gion, es­pe­cially in Srikaku­lam and Viziana­garam dis­tricts.”

Naidu said the cost of dam­aged prop­er­ties, crops and in­fra­struc­ture has ten­ta­tively worked out to be ₹2,800 crore.

Hor­ti­cul­ture was the worst hit N CHANDRABABU NAIDU, Andhra Pradesh chief min­is­ter

with dam­ages to the tune of ₹1,000 crore fol­lowed by agri­cul­ture (₹800 crore), power sec­tor (₹500 crore), roads and build­ings, pan­chayat raj, ru­ral wa­ter sup­ply, ir­ri­ga­tion (₹100 crore each), an­i­mal hus­bandry and fish­eries (₹50 crore each), the chief min­is­ter said fur­ther.

“The state govern­ment has al­ready started res­cue and relief op­er­a­tions on a war-foot­ing and I am per­son­ally camp­ing in these dis­tricts, vis­it­ing the af­fected ar­eas and su­per­vis­ing the relief and restora­tion op­er­a­tions,” Naidu said.

In view of the se­vere dam­ages to life, prop­erty and in­fra­struc­ture, he urged the Cen­tre to “lib­er­ally and ex­pe­di­tiously” sanc­tion the relief so as to min­imise the mis­ery of the peo­ple.

Mean­while, a re­lease from chief min­is­ter’s of­fice said eight peo­ple (seven in Srikaku­lam dis­trict and one in Viziana­garam) were killed in the “very se­vere” cy­clonic storm while two fish­er­men were re­ported miss­ing.

In all, 290 km of roads were dam­aged along with 8,962 houses, 80 mi­nor ir­ri­ga­tion sources and 16 ru­ral wa­ter sup­ply tanks.

The Bharat San­char Nigam Lim­ited (BSNL) suf­fered dam­age to its in­fra­struc­ture in Srikaku­lam dis­trict that bore the brunt of the cy­clone, the re­lease said.

Agri­cul­ture crops in 1,39,844 hectares, in­clud­ing paddy in 1,36,531 hectares, was dam­aged in Srikaku­lam while crops in 308 hectares were lost in Viziana­garam dis­trict.

PTI FILE

Andhra Pradesh chief min­is­ter Chan­drababuNaidu said the cost of dam­aged prop­er­ties, crops and in­fra­struc­ture has ten­ta­tively worked out to be ₹2,800 crore.

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