BHUBANESWAR: : With the cyclone threat looming large, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday assured all help to states of Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which are likely to be hit by it. Cyclone Hudhud is expected to hit the Andhra Pradesh coast on Sunday.
The Home Minister had a telephonic discussion with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik regarding the measures taken to face the fury.
“Spoke to the chief ministers of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana regarding their preparedness to face the fast approaching cyclone ‘Hudhud’,” Rajnath tweeted after the talks.
“Assured the Chief Ministers all help from the Centre. The Centre is monitoring the progression of ‘Hudhud’, expected to hit the coast in the next 24 hrs,” he said.
Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan also reviewed the situation at a meeting with the officials of the National Disaster Response Force and Indian Meteorological Department here.
Pradhan apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Rajnath about the situation.
Stating that the Prime Minister is keeping a close watch on the situation in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, he said Jaitley has assured the state government of all help, including helicopters for rescue and relief operations.
Pradhan also reviewed the supply of petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas in the districts that could be hit by the cyclone.