CHENNAI: Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Monday announced a financial assistance of Rs.Five crore for the cyclone-ravaged Andhra Pradesh and in the first phase, deputed rescue teams comprising engineers, road inspectors and road maintenance workers along with necessary equipment to restore connectivity. The teams would clear the uprooted trees fell on the roads.
With a view to set right the electricity infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh affected by the cyclone, 100 transformers, 5,000 electric polls, 10,000 insulators and other electric equipment would be despatched immediately, the Chief Minister said in a statement issued after a high-level meeting held at the Secretariat.
The Chief Minister said after the cyclone hit many areas, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had contacted him and requested him to send electrical equipment immediately. Following this, the high-level meeting attended by senior Ministers, top officials of various departments discussed all possible ways to help the cyclone-hit neighbouring State.
The Hudhud cyclone which crossed the land near Visakhapatnam on October 12, thousands of trees and electric polls were uprooted. Telephone poles were also destroyed by the strong winds and as a result, the normal life of the public has been affected to a great extent.
The Chief Minister observed that Tamil Nadu had been in the forefront to extend monetary assistance and other help in rescue operations to the States which were affected by natural calamities. Very recently, former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had extended Rs.Five crore to Jammu and Kashmir which was severely affected by floods.