AMARAVATI: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday held a video conference with the district collectors and other officials over the impact of Gulab Cyclone and directed them to expedite relief measures in affected areas besides announcing an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the families of deceased.
During the meeting held at the camp office here, the Chief Minister instructed the authorities to restore power as soon as the rains subside and suggested to keep monitoring the situation every 30 minutes. He announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the families of the deceased and said that Rs 1,000 should be given to each family while returning home from relief camps.
The Chief Minister directed the authorities to be empathetic towards the public in the cyclone affected areas and provide basic food supplies for the affected people and ensure quality food is being given to those taking shelter in the relief camps along with proper medical care and safe drinking water. He instructed the authorities to set up more relief camps in the places necessary and told them to set up medical camps in flood prone areas to help affected families and supply clean drinking water through tankers as water sources could be contaminated due to rains.
He asked the officials to clear water from inundated areas of Visakhapatnam city through a pumping system.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to prepare the report on the enumeration of crop damage in a generous manner and provide immediate relief to farmers. Also, the officials were told to be on high alert as Odisha is also experiencing heavy rains, which could lead to flash floods. He ordered the authorities to move those residing in the riverside areas of Vamsadhara and Nagavali to relief camps and monitor the water levels in the reservoirs. He said that by the grace of God, the Gulab Cyclone was not as severe as Hudhud or Titli.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Adityanath Das, who was monitoring the situation from Visakhapatnam explained that in some areas the winds were blowing at a speed of 80-90 km/hr. Trees were uprooted in some places but were cleared immediately, also all the highways are clear without any traffic. He said that people were evacuated to safer areas and relief measures are in full swing in Visakhapatnam city.
The review meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, MAUD Y Srilakshmi, Principal Secretary, Revenue (Disaster Management) V Usharani, Principal Secretary, Panchayati Raj Gopalakrishna Dwivedi, Secretary, Transport Department MT Krishnababu, Secretary, Medical and Health Department Anil Kumar Singhal, Energy Secretary Nagulapalli Srikanth, Panchayati Raj Commissioner Girijashankar, Civil Supplies Commissioner Kona Sasidhar and other senior officials.
Through video conference, Minister Botsa Satyanarayan from Vizianagaram, Minister Muttamsetti Srinivas from Visakhapatnam, Disaster Management Commissioner Kannababu, Deputy CM Dharmana Krishnadas, Chief Secretary Adityanath Das and Collectors and Officers of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts have took part in the meeting.