Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has conducted a review meeting on cyclone Phethai and directed all the officials concerned to take up a case study of cyclones. In the meeting which was held at the Real Time Governance centre at Secretariat on Monday, officials were advised to document the findings properly so that they are well prepared to meet any challenges posed by cyclones in the future.

Taking stock of the situation on the cyclone-hit coast, Naidu asked officials to geotag electric poles so that the damaged poles can be easily located for restoration purpose. The chief minister urged the officers to gauge the probable damage basing on wind velocity in advance so that relief measures can be taken at ease.

The cyclone, which made a landfall on Monday, destroyed 14,000 hectares of crops and caused the death of 300 sheep, said the district collectors of East Godavari and Visakhapatnam. The highest rainfall of 160 mm was recorded in Tallarevu. Principal Secretary of Energy Ajay Jain reportedly said, “379 electrical poles were damaged and 146 poles were restored so far. 89 33-kV substations were affected due to cyclone and majority of them were restored. 26000 metric tons of agricultural production was damaged.”

Over 2,000 officials were deployed in the cyclone-affected areas and a mock drill was held to bring awareness among people. The rescue team deployed by the Odisha government evacuated over 11,000 people to safer places.

The damage caused by the cyclone was minimal this time due to the preventive measures were taken by the state government, said the Chief Minister. Naidu then added that irrigation officials should predict the inflows in reservoirs so that they are able to tackle unforeseen situations arising due to heavy rainfall.

Furthermore, Naidu had asked the collectors to gear up to avoid the spread of communicable diseases after the cyclone. The Chief Minister felicitated 15 ministers, 51 IAS officers for sincerely performing their tasks in the cyclone-hit districts.

(With Agency inputs)