Pics: Aerial views of Cyclone Hudhud and devastated Vishakhapatnam
Vishakhapatnam, Oct 14: Prime Minister of India -- Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Oct 14 rushed to Vishakhapatnam for personally reviewing the massive devastation caused by Cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh.
The PM announced an interim relief assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to the cyclone-hit state. He also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs to the kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the calamity.
Visakhapatnam was one among the cities which have been worse hit after the cyclonic storm on Sunday. Now, the state administration has been focusing on relief and damage assessment in the affected areas.
People in Vishakhapatnam have been facing inconvenience as electricity and essential supplies were not available from the last three days since Sunday.
Many places surrounding Visakhapatnam have been facing shortage of essential items. Trucks with relief materials are crowded by locals. People were seen taking as many essential supplies as possible.
Reportedly, in some areas, people have been stopping trucks carrying relief materials and looting supplies. In some areas, the police have been resorting to lathi charge to disperse the mob.
Reports say that many petrol pumps in the city remain closed while people are buying fuel from black market at high prices.
Adding to the woes, the prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed. Reportedly, a bottle of water is being sold for Rs 250 and a packet of milk for Rs 100 in the city.
Even communication lines have been affected from the past few days. Efforts are also being made to restore the electricity connections in Visakhapatnam which was disconnected ahead of the cyclonic storm.
Trees have been uprooted and ATM services have been affected in the city. Roads have been broken and electric poles have fallen down.
India Army and the Navy launched Operation Lehar -- an operation to carry out relief and rescue operations which have been code-named 'Op Lehar'.