AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday asked the Collectors to be on a high alert and take all necessary precautionary measures to prevent damage in view of Cyclone Nivar affecting the state.
The Chief Minister held a video conference with Collectors of SPS Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantapuramu districts and reviewed the situation in view of the cyclone.
Though the cyclone would make its landfall in Tamil Nadu, heavy rains were likely in south coastal and Rayalaseema districts from Wednesday evening. Heavy rainfall of 11-20 cms is expected in south coastal and Rayalaseema districts under the influence of cyclone Nivar
Nellore, Chittoor, parts of Kadapa, coastal areas of Prakasam, Kurnool and Anantapuramu districts will bear the impact of the cyclone. Winds with speed ranging from 65-75 kmph are also likely. We have to be geared up for this," the Chief Minister told the Collectors.
The Chief Minister instructed Collectors of Nellore, Chittoor and Prakasam districts to concentrate on opening relief camps wherever required for moving people to safety. Prime focus should be on preventing loss of lives and damage to properties, he added.
The Chief Minister also said that since the tanks and reservoirs were filled to the brim due to heavy rains in October, the fresh rains could cause breaches to tanks and they should be constantly monitored and precautionary measures taken to prevent breaches.
Officials were told to keep the NDRF and SDRF teams for any kind of emergency. The State Disaster Management Commissioner informed that two teams of SDRF and one of NDRF were positioned in Nellore district, while SDRF teams were also sent to Prakasam and Chittoor districts.