The severe cyclonic storm Titli caused heavy damage in Srikakulam district. Property worth Thousands of crores damaged including roads, electric poles, coconut and cashew gardens and livestock. Lakhs of villagers lost their livelihood with the death of cattle and uprooting of coconut and cashew trees. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has been working round the clock to restore normalcy in the cyclone affected mandals.
A visit to the cyclone affected villages reflects the impact of Titli cyclone with uprooted trees, electric poles and blown off roof tops.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu camped at Palasa for the last three days and monitored the relief operations. He directed the officials to restore power supply and drinking water at first. He asked them to supply food to the people in cyclone affected regions using the services of Dwcra groups.
On the first day on Oct 12 the Chief Minister conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone affected regions by camping in his bus at Palasa town where there was no power supply. On the second day he conducted aerial survey up to Itchapuram and from there inspected the cyclone damage in several villages by going on road route.
The Chief Minister gave priority to know the ground realities by asking the people to explain their problems. The visit of CM to their villages instilled confidence among the villagers, as he assured restoration of power supply and drinking water immediately.
After landing at Itchapuram the CM started inspection of cyclone affected village by road. He went round Itchapuram to inspect the damage.
The CM inspected the inundated paddy crop due to Bahuda river floods at Savaradevipet by the side of national high way.
At Rajapuram village, the villagers informed the CM about uprooted coconut and cashew trees. The CM said power supply will be restored by evening.
The CM said 30,000 electric poles damaged. He said power supply would be restored immediately. He assured the villagers that the state govt will provide assistance to remove the damaged trees. He said horticulture experts’ advice will be taken to restore the plants. He said Vamsadhara and Bahuda rivers will be interlinked at a cost of Rs 1200 cr and water will be supplied to 1.5 lakh acres in Itchapuram constituency.
The Chief Minister suspended Kaviti MPDO, when the villagers complained that no officer turned up to their Kaviti village. When the MPDO reached the spot lately, the Chief Minister expressed ire over him for his absence and failure to provide food to people.
At Kaviti village, the CM said that a dialysis centre would be set up and research would be carried for the kidney ailments in the region.