KAKINADA: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said a total of 5,602 farmers have been affected, 37 houses damaged so far due to the cyclonic storm Phethai.
"As per the report, 17 Mandals are affected in East Godavari district, in which 5,602 farmers are affected, 37 houses are damaged, 28 partially damaged and 2,179 hectares of paddy fields and 30 hectares of horticulture have been damaged," Naidu said while addressing the media.
“Electricity supply has been restored in 14 mandals, while 187 rehabilitation camps have been set up. 32,000 people have been provided food. Mobile connectivity has been restored. East Godavari and Krishna administration brought the situation under control within hours," he added.
Talking about the preparedness of the state administration, Naidu said
“Hourly bulletins were issued to create awareness, assisted by the Andhra Pradesh Weather Forecasting and Early Warning Research Centre (AWARE), with the help of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)”.
He also elaborated the measures taken by the state in order to minimise the damage of the cyclone.
“We had prepared teams to face any eventuality and also conducted mock drills”, Naidu asserted.
Lauding the efforts of the officials and workers who were involved in restoration and clearance work the chief minister said,
"Our collectors and district level departments worked very hard and efficiently. At Kakinada, they worked within minutes and within half an hour of landfall, everything was cleared. We managed power failures, used generators within minutes of power failure. We established multipurpose cyclone shelters. Midday meal system was used for providing food to the victims."
Naidu also informed that as many as 51 IAS officers have worked in the rescue-restoration operations.
As per Naidu, a cyclone plays on the psyche of people and in order to counter that, a lot of manpower was provided including the deployment of National
Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, and other such agencies.
On December 17, Cyclone Phethai hit Katrenikona town of Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district.
With inputs from ANI