There were no casualties reported so far but substantial damage to electricity poles and communication network has impacted coastal Andhra.

The Andhra Pradesh administration has shifted focus to rescue, relief measures and estimation of damage after the fateful cyclone Phailin crossed the coastline on Saturday night. Damage could be limited to minimum according to a statement from the Chief Minister’s office.

There were no casualties reported so far but substantial damage to electricity poles and communication network has impacted the region. Road and rail networks were completely cut off between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on Sunday morning due to the impact of the cyclone. Many trees were uprooted on the route near Ichapuram causing disruption to the movement of traffic. Even two wheelers were not allowed from border area.

East Coast Railway had already cancelled all the trains between Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar. Bahuda river is in full swing, posing threat to Jagannadhapuram and Safnam villages. Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy on Sunday morning held a review meeting in Srikakulam Collectorate and directed officials to expedite relief measures and assess the damage in the cyclone-affected mandals. Collector Saurabh Gaur informed that there was no human loss but the crops were damaged in Kaviti and Ichapuram mandals.

It may take three to four days to restore power and communication network in the region.