Cyclone Hudhud: Heavy rains kill 18 in UP; Modi Announces 1,000 Crore Aid to AP

After causing a trail of destruction in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, the severe cyclonic storm with heavy rains kill 18 in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

The death of 18 people has been confirmed by a state government spokesman on Wednesday. According to Indian Meteorological Department officials, the heavy rains since Tuesday had broken all records and the day witnessed the maximum rain in a day in October ever. While the past record of a single day rainfall in Lucknow was 46.1 mm (Oct 7, 2009), Tuesday’s rains triggered by the Hudhud cyclone were 61.1 mm.

Many regions have been reportedly water-logged. Heavy rains were accompanied by a wind speed of 83 kmph. According to reports, the situation is likely to continue for the next 24 hours.

PM Declares 1,000 Crore to Andhra Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an interim relief assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to Andhra Pradesh after he visited and reviewed the situation of state, which was left with a trail of destruction and leaving 21 dead in the worst cyclonic storm Hudhud.

Modi declared, “I want to announce an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to Andhra Pradesh. After a detailed survey, we will give whatever further assistance is required.”

Apart from the aid, he announced a compensation of Rs two lakh to the relatives of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

Meanwhile, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has told PM that the state has damages worth thousands of crores. Modi assured, “A detailed survey will soon be done to assess the loss of property. A survey to gauge the extent of damage to the agricultural property will also be done.”

On Tuesday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had also declared a financial assistance of Rs five crore to Andhra Pradesh.

Damage Assessment and Restoration Works

The port city Visakhapatnam is reportedly the worst cyclone hit region. There is a complete destruction assessed on communication services and electricity. People are reportedly suffering from shortage of essentials in the affected regions.

However, the restoration works are said to be under process. Though the flight services in the Airport were affected with the storm, the run way has not been affected. The airport has been shut for repairs and the services would reportedly resume in a few days.

Meanwhile, railways are also under the impact of cyclone in many affected regions. While track restoration activities are underway,Ministry of Railways has announced trains from and to Visakhapatnam has been cancelled due to heavy rains. Whereas, to establish rail connectivity, authorities have said that a special passenger train would run between the city and Bhubanewsar.

However, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation said that bus services to the city have been restored.

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