Hyderabad: Power has been fully restored in all the cyclone affected towns and villages in the State. Chief Minister, Dr.K.Rosaiah expressed satisfaction that power has been restored fully and other relief operations in the Cyclone-affected districts are in full swing.
Meanwhile the Department of Disaster Management has prepared a preliminary report and submitted to the Chief Minister. The State Government requested the Government of India to consider this cyclone as calamity of severe nature and sanction assistance from National Calamity Contingency Fund. The Chief Minister requested the Government of India to release an additional amount of Rs.6,000 crore under the National Calamity Contingency Fund as advance.
The Chief Minister reviewed the progress on relief operations pertaining to Laila cyclone devastation with the Minister for Revenue, Mr.Dharmana Prasada Rao, Chief Secretary, Mr.S.V.Prasad, Prl. Secretary, Energy, Mr. S.Bhattacharya, C&MD, APTRANSCO, Mr.Ajay Jain, Commissioner, Disaster Management, Mr.T.Radha and Commissioner, Drought, Mr.S.Balasubrahmanyam at camp office today. Dr.Rosaiah thanked the Government of India particularly the Prime Minister, Dr.Manmohan Singh, the UPA Chairperson, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and the Union Minister for Home Affairs, Mr.P.Chidambaram for their support and guidance.
The entire district and State administration have risen to the occasion and due to their timely and the round clock monitoring, human losses and damages to the public and private properties could be minimized to a larger extent. In fact, the latest satellite technology enabled to track the movement of cyclone which enabled to effectively communicate with the interior areas as well. The officials briefed the Chief Minister in detail about the preliminary report prepared by the Disaster Management on Laila Cyclone which affected the State from 17th to 22nd May. The power officials said the cyclone has caused extensive damages to electrical installations of Discoms. In all, 32 towns were affected and all were restored. The number of villages affected were 3,995 out of which all except one i.e. Pathapadu of Prakasam district power was restored. The number of services affected were 27,17,012 out which 27,16,155 were restored and the balance 857 are being restored.
In all 80 mandals and 743 villages were affected. Government has done round the clock monitoring both at State level and District level. The Ministers from coastal districts have personally supervised the rescue and relief operations. Nine Senior IAS Officers were deputed to the nine coastal districts to coordinate the rescue and relief operations and assist the district administration. State Government deployed 12 teams of National Disaster Response Force (about 550 persons) with 80 boats and connected equipments in the cyclone affected Districts. Medical & Health dept. placed the required medicines at district and PHC points.
388 medical teams were positioned to provide medical assistance for evacuated people and to control spread of epidemics etc. Collectors were authorized to draw funds under TR.27. Irrigation officials monitored the situation through establishment of control rooms. Likewise the police department and A.P.S.R.T.C. also established control rooms. 285 army personnel were deployed to assist the district administration in evacuation, rescue and relief operations. The State Government was in touch with the Prime Minister and Union Minister for Home Affairs on regular basis. AGRICULTURE: Agriculture crops of about 15,000 Ha. – Paddy, Summer Cotton, Sesamum, Groundnut, Blackgram, Maize and Sunflower crops got damaged. HORTICULTURE: Large scale damage to Horticulture crops is reported in eight districts. The damages are in respect of Mango, Banana, Papaya, Acid Lime, Guava, Cashew, Sapota, Betelvine, Chillies, Vegetables and Drumstick. The Horticulture crop damages are in the form of uprooting, breaking of branches, fruit drop and fruit damage and inundation. Teams have been formed for final enumeration and efforts are on to complete the enumeration as early as possible. ANIMAL HUSBANDRY: 1,000 animals died. 9,000 poultry birds perished. 87 Veterinary institution buildings were damaged. 500 MTs. of Fodder was damaged. FISHERIES: One Fisheries Development Officer received serious head injury in Guntur District during the relief works. Three fishermen are missing. 420 fishermen boats were lost. 3,000 boats were damaged. 7,000 fishing nets were lost. 800 Ha., of Brackish Water Culture Ponds Inundated/damaged. 400 Ha., of Fresh Water Culture Ponds inundated/damaged. 5095 salt pans damaged. MEDICAL & HEALTH: 388 medical teams are performing duties round the clock to prevent outbreak of epidemics etc. in 9 coastal districts. 324 Medical Officers along with 1168 para-medical staff are deployed to provide medical aid to the cyclone affected people. 447 medical camps were organized. 40 Ambulances were deployed.
108 medical service vehicles (26), (14) 104 medical service vehicles and another 42 other vehicles were engaged. About 28.00 lakhs chlorine tablets, 244 bags of bleaching powder were distributed. About 10,000 people were treated for various ailments. No outbreak of any communicable disease is reported so far. Focus is given to prevent spread of epidemics and take up sanitation drive of inundated areas. IRRIGATION: 104 Minor Irrigation tanks were damaged. HOUSING: Damages to houses are about 25,000. This is under enumeration.