Vishakhapatnam/Hyderabad: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a package of Rs 1,000 crore for cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh.
The Prime Minister also announced an amount of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of those who died in the cyclone, and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
“The central government is with Andhra Pradesh government in this hour of crisis,” said Modi who reviewed the damage done by the cyclone on Tuesday.
Super cyclone Hudhud that hit the state last Sunday is estimated to have caused $10 billion in damages.
People in the cyclone-ravaged town of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh continue to live without electricity and communication facilities for the third day in the row since Sunday. The scarcity of drinking water, milk and other essential commodities have added to the woes of this port town.
Days after the storm battered the coastline, the city of 18 lakh people remained in darkness and mostly deprived of potable water. Piped potable water supplies have run out, too. Motor pumps installed in homes and apartments aren’t running, with power supply yet to be restored.
The authorities haven’t been able to supply water in tankers either, the citizens complained. Cashing in on the situation are greedy retailers, selling 20 litre water bottles for Rs 300 each.
Visakhapatnam, the largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, still sports a war-ravaged look with streets blocked by uprooted trees, toppled electricity poles and communication towers, mangled wires, shattered pieces of glass and other kinds of debris.
The cyclone which hit the coastline on Sunday at a speed of 185kmph claimed 21 lives in the three north coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram.
About 600,000 people are currently sheltered in government relief camps in the three districts and adjoining East Godavari. The cyclone has damaged nearly 7,000 houses, cut off power supply and paralysed communication and transport networks.