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Cyclone ‘LEHAR’ put Andhra Pradesh on high alert

Posted by on November 27, 2013 0 Comment

cyclone-9-10-2013Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the Administration at Hyderabad and all the Coastal districts, particularly the districts of Krishna, East, West Godavari and Visakhapatnam to be on high alert and take all precautionary measures.

The Chief Minister has reviewed the situation of the Cyclone and the preparedness by the Administration, in a high-level meeting at Camp Office, tonight. He said even though the very severity of cyclone comes down to severity heavy rains are expected in East, West, Krishna and Guntur Districts. The Chief Minister directed the Administration to take all steps for restoration of breaches, strengthening of the bunds particularly at the tail end of the canals going into the sea.

Commissioner, Disaster Management Sri C.Parthasarathy, DGP Sri Prasada Rao, DGP Fire and Emergency Services Sri N.Sambasiva Rao, Principal Secretary R&B Sri Sambob, Prl.Secretaries, Irrigation, Sri Adityanath Das and Sri Aravind Reddy CMD Transco Sri Suresh Chand, Director, IMD (India Meteorological Department) Sri Sudhakar, Commissioner, Fisheries Sri Praveen Kumar, E-n-C R&B Sri Gangadhar, Director Animal Husbandry Sri Venkateswarlu and other senior officials attended the meeting.

The Officials informed that three columns of Army, Navy, Airforce positioned in East and West Godavari and another 3 columns of Army are in movement to Krishna, where the Cyclone predicted to cross the coast. Coast guard, Coastal Security wing, Marine Police were informed to be alert in view of cyclone and assist the District administration.

Newly formed SDRF at State-level consisting of 450 men drawn from Police, Fire services etc., are deployed for rescue operations, the DGP Fire Services Sri Sambasiva Rao informed. Officials informed that 24 boats which are in sea are expected to return back by 10.00 pm by night. Officials also informed 10 fishing boats of Tamil Nadu were sighted in the sea in Nellore District. The Chief Minister asked the officials to inform the Tamil Nadu Government about these boats.

Districts likely to be severely affected are: Krishna, East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur Districts likely to be also affected are: Visakhapatnam, Prakasam, Nellore, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam: No.of mandals – 61, No.of habitations – 763, Population likely to be affected – 19,16,218.

Appointment of Special Officers (9): Krishna, Sri B.R.Meena, East Godavari, Sri Ravi Chandra, West Godavari, Sri Sanjay Jaju, Guntur Sri Venkatesham, Visakhapatnam Sri Harpreet Singh, Vizianagaram Sri Rajat Kumar, Srikakulam Sri G.Venkat Ram Reddy, Nellore Sri B.Raj Shekhar and Prakasam Sri Krishna Babu. Of the total 1,19,567 to be evacuated from low lying areas from 5 districts 27,348 people have been evacuated so far. 103 relief camps have been opened.

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