Relief operations going on in full swing: Srikakulam collector

The relief and rescue works are going on in full swing in the "Phailin"-hit Srikakulam district, district collector Saurabh Gaur said on Sunday.

PTI| Updated: Oct 13, 2013, 21:25 PM IST

Srikakulam: The relief and rescue works are going on in full swing in the "Phailin"-hit Srikakulam district and the situation is expected to become normal by tomorrow, district collector Saurabh Gaur said on Sunday.

According to him, an old woman died in a wall collapse in Ichapuram mandal last night, which is the sole casualty due to cyclone in the district.

"Most of the people have left relief camps and gone to their respective places. As of now, there are less than 5,000 staying in the relief camps," Gaur said.

Supply of power will be resumed by today evening, he said.

Meanwhile, teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and AP fire department personnel have been clearing highways, blocked with uprooted trees and electricity poles.

State Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy, who toured the district, said initial reports indicate that 30,000 acres of agriculture and horticulture crops and 1,000 houses were damaged in the cyclone.

According to him, 400 km-long electricity wires suffered damages during the past 24 hours and 50 per cent of it has been restored by afternoon.

Reddy said the state government would provide rice at free of cost to the affected fishermen families.

He, however, did not specify the quantity of rice to be given.

He said there are as many as 74,000 fishing families living along the coast of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam.

Union Minister of State for Communications Killi Kruparani, who visited some of the cyclone-hit villages, said she is in touch with the Prime Minister`s Office with regard to the cyclone and its impact.

Kruparani is Lok Sabha member from Srikakulam.