Modi visits Visakhapatnam to inspect Cyclone-hit Areas

Vizag, Oct 14: Two days after the severe cyclonic storm Hudhud devastated the Coastal Andhra and south part of Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Visakhapatnam to inspect the cyclone-hit areas and assess the situation.

Modi arrived at the Vizag airport, which has been damaged in the storm. He was accompanied by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu. Later, he along with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will undertake aerial survey of Odisha, where the southern districts have been affected in the storm.

Naidu said that Cyclone Hudhud has caused damage in Andhra at around Rs 1000 crore. Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited alone is estimated to have suffered a loss of Rs 40,000 crore.

About 16,000 electric poles were uprooted, around 6,000 transformers damaged. Huge damage was seen at Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (Vizag steel plant). The loss was estimated at Rs 1,000 crore at steel plant, Indian Navy Rs 2,000 crore, Andhra University Rs 300 crore and Vizag airport Rs 500 crore, Naidu said.

The cyclone battered the port city Vizag where residents complained of shortage of drinking water, milk and petrol. The normal life was badly affected as the power supply is yet to be restored. Big trees have been uprooted that blocked the roads. The powerful cyclone that made landfall in Vizag on Sunday morning claimed 15 lives in the district.

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