Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who is camping in the cyclone-affected area, has sought Rs 1,200 crore interim relief for two most affected districts, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naidu said that cyclone Titli hit the two districts in the early hours of October 11 with wind speeds of up to 165 km an hour and brought heavy rainfall ranging from 10 cm to 43 cm in the two districts.
The cyclone has devastated these districts and left huge damage to properties, infrastructure, agriculture and horticulture crops, and houses resulting in distress and misery to the people. The cost of the damaged properties, infrastructure and other related sectors has been tentatively worked out to be around Rs 2,800 crores. The State Government has already started rescue and relief operations on a war footing. In view of the severe damage, I request the Government of India to liberally and expeditiously sanction the relief, Naidu wrote in the letter.
The state government has sought an interim relief of Rs 1,200 crores to be released immediately.