The death toll in Andhra Pradesh due to the severe cyclonic storm Hudhud rises to 21. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Visakhapatnam to review the situation and to undertake an aerial survey of the country, on Tuesday.
Modi is expected to hold a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has visited the place and still camping in the city to oversee the rescue and relief operations.
After 16 more bodies found, the death toll rised to 21 on Tuesday. Most of the deaths occurred in the place is reportedly due to falling of trees. Special Commissioner in state Disaster Management Department K Hymavathi said, "A total of 15 deaths were reported from Visakhapatnam district, five in Vizianagaram and one in Srikakulam."
Naidu has declared a fund of Rs five lakh to the close relatives of the dead and has given a provision of 25kg rice, one kg of sugar and five litres of kerosene.
On Monday, Modi has tweeted that he will visit Visakhpatnam. He wrote, “Have been constantly taking updates on Cyclone Hudhud. Spoke to AP CM. Will visit Visakhapatnam tomorrow & take stock of the situation.”
Meanwhile, Naidu has reportedly demanded PM to announce the disaster as a natural calamity and release funds required for restoration works. While all communication service as well as electricity is damaged in the place, restoration works are underway to restore them.
However, five special teams have been formed by the Andhra government to look after health, restoration, sanitation, power and relief of the people. According to reports, after the city was affected worse in the severe cyclonic storm, more than 1.35 lakh people are taking shelter in relief camps.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has posted on Twitter, “The States seem to be prepared for any eventuality arising from the impact of ‘Hudhud’ that is expected to bring heavy rains.”
Visakhpatnam airport, which is the biggest domestic and international airport in AP, has also been damaged and was under the impact of the storm. While restoration works still continues in the airport, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation said that bus servises to the city has been restored.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has declared a financial assistance of Rs 5 crore to Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts are considered to be the worst affected areas in Andhra Pradesh by Hudhud.