AP CM takes stock of cyclone situation; officials on alert

Reddy cycloneAndhra Pradesh CM, N Kiran Kumar Reddy, enquired about the cyclone situation and directed officials to be on high alert. (PTI)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday directed Chief Secretary to monitor the preparedness for cyclone 'Phailin' with District Collectors and officials of defence forces and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Reddy enquired about the cyclone situation on Saturday morning and directed the officials to be on high alert and ready to deal with any eventuality, official sources said.

State Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy reached Visakhapatnam this morning and would proceed to Srikakulam district, bordering Odisha, which is expected to be among the worst-hit.

Talking to reporters in Visakhapatnam, the Minister said all departments concerned have been put on alert. Fishermen, who went for fishing, were being brought back.

Medical Education Minister K Murali Mohan and senior officials are closely monitoring the situation in Srikakulam district, the sources said.

The Srikakulam Collector has already ordered closure of shops and various institutions and also controlled movement of vehicular traffic as wind speed is expected to be very high.

As many as 52,000 residents were today evacuated and 25,000 people accommodated in cyclone shelters in Srikakulam district.

Meanwhile, over 80,000 people have been so far evacuated from the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, which are likely to be hit by cyclone 'Phailin', official sources said.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy held a review meeting with ministers, chief secretary, DGP and other top officials in Hyderabad on Saturday afternoon.

He directed that maximum number of people should be evacuated to safer places, the sources said.

Reddy instructed the officials to take all measures needed for the rescue and relief operations in the districts which will be affected by the cyclone.

The rescue and relief teams of Army, Navy, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and police should plunge into action to protect the lives and property of the people and cattle, the sources quoted him as saying.

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