Stating that there was no communication from the meteorological department with regard to the possible occurrence of ‘super cyclone' on November 5 and 6 as publicised by a section of media, East Godavari district Collector M. Ravi Chandra on Wednesday said that the district administration was fully prepared to mitigate the loss in the event of the occurrence of any such calamity. “The leaves of all the officials have been cancelled and those who are out of station will have to join their duties with immediate effect,” he said while addressing a press conference here.
Mr. Ravi Chandra said that first-level and second-level relief camps were being arranged in the PG College hostels, as part of being prepared for the calamity.
He said that 10 deaths and five cases of man-missing were reported in the district in the last four days and standing crop of paddy was damaged in 87,962 hectares.
The number of relief camps had been increased to 56 in which accommodation was provided to 30,682 persons so far. In addition, the district administration distributed 76,054 food packets to the cyclone victims.
In all, the district registered an average rainfall of 33 cm in the last four days.
As many as 59 cattle were reported missing and the loss in fisheries was reported as Rs. 24.75 lakh. Of the 18,000 looms, 3,626 looms were fully damaged and the process of enumeration was going on. “There is no dearth of funds to take up relief and rehabilitation programme.
The State government has sanctioned Rs. 2 crore, in which we have withdrawn Rs. 1 crore today,” he said. Joint Collector K. Sasidhar, District Revenue Officer S. Venkata Rao and others were present.