Cyclone Hudhud: Naveen assures Naidu to send men, machine to clear roads

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday assured his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu all help required by the neighbouring state badly hit by the severe cyclonic storm Hudhud, official sources said.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 12, 2014, 22:43 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday assured his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu all help required by the neighbouring state badly hit by the severe cyclonic storm Hudhud, official sources said.

Patnaik gave this assurance to Naidu when he called him over phone this evening.

"Patnaik has assured help in post cyclone restoration work in Andra Pradesh," an official at the Chief Minister's Office told.

During discussion with Patnaik, Naidu sought men and machine for road clearing by cutting trees and restoration of power lines.

Patnaik informed the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister that teams to clear roads along with tree cutting machines and equipment for power restoration would be sent immediately, sources said.

The teams will also carry mega diesel operated generator sets and special relief commissioners of both states would remain in constant touch for further help, they said.

Andhra Pradesh was among the first states that came forward to help Odisha when it was badly hit by Super Cyclone in 1999. People of Odisha could come out of their houses as the teams from Andra Pradesh immediately cleared huge trees which fell due to the cyclone, a senior officer said.