Many areas in cyclone-hit Visakhapatnam still struggle for essentials

Four days have passed since Cyclone Hudhud struck Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, but still there are areas in and around the city where power is yet to be restored.

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Oct 16, 2014, 09:20 AM IST
Many areas in cyclone-hit Visakhapatnam still struggle for essentials

Visakhapatnam: Four days have passed since Cyclone Hudhud struck Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, but still there are areas in and around the city where power is yet to be restored.

As per reports, food and water have yet to reach several villages around the city.

Officials assessing the damage said that the cyclone has left behind city's power infrastructure in bad shape and it could be days before normalcy is restored as far as electricity supply is concerned.

In most of the areas however, acute shortage of essential supplies ended on Wednesday and public transportation services were back on track after remaining suspended since Sunday.

While the residents had faced a lot of hardships as electricity and essential items like milk were not available, communication network had virtually collapsed due to the devastation caused by the cyclone.

Power supply to hospitals and drinking water supply was restored by Tuesday evening.

Normal train services, especially towards Visakhapatnam, also resumed yesterday as the breaches in rail tracks caused by the cyclone in Vijayawada division were plugged.

Flight services, meanwhile, are expected to be partially operational from Saturday. The city airport suffered extensive damage as the cyclone battered the city, but the runway and the ATC tower managed to escape the devastation.