Hyderabad: Receiving a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi enquiring about Cyclone Hudhud midway during a media briefing, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday thanked him for Centre’s assistance. The Chief Minister told Modi about the progress of the cyclone, which made landfall in Vishakapatnam and battered three coastal districts of the state. “Sir, we have lost connection with the radar.
We are still analysing the damage,” the chief minister told PM on phone even as he was addressing a news conference to brief media about the progress of cyclone and the rescue and relief efforts. “We have mobilised men and material for rescue and relief. I am thankful to you. The government of India has done extremely well,” Naidu told the PM, who also praised the state’s efforts to minimise losses. Modi assured Naidu of all possible assistance to deal with the situation.
The chief minister told Modi that he was leaving for Visakhapatnam in the evening and that he needs his cooperation. Naidu told reporters that Modi praised the state government for the precautions it took to minimise loss of life and property. The Prime Minister had yesterday held an emergency high-level meeting to review preparedness for the cyclone.
The CM said that due to the impact of the heavy winds and rain, even the rescue and relief teams were unable to venture out, but the administration had evacuated about two lakh people. The cyclone left five persons dead in the state and neighbouring Odisha besides snapping power and communication lines.
Naidu said huge damage to property was reported and next 3-4 hours will be crucial as the reverse windfall has started. “We have yet to assess how it is crossing and also reverse windfall have started just now. Wind is moving at speed of 190 kmph with heavy rains. We have given instructions to people to stay indoors and because of it we could save a lot of lives. But there is huge damage…Buildings, bridges, trees and also crops,” he said.