In view of the threat of heavy winds and rain lashing the city due to very severe cyclonic storm ‘Lehar’ that is likely to cross the coast on Thursday, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation has opened control rooms at the main office and all zonal offices.

Toll free number 1800 4250 0009 and landline 0891-2569335 would be operated at the GVMC main office. At Zone 1 - 0891-2503932, Zone 2- 0891-2746314, Zone 3 - 9951980299, Zone 4 – 0891-2711480, Zone 5 - 0891-2750878, at Anakapalle – 08924-222345 and at Bheemunipatnam 08933-229535, can be contacted for any civic emergencies, GVMC Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana said in a statement released here.

The civic administration was all geared up to meet any emergency arising out of the cyclone, he said.

Teams of officials and staff from different departments were formed and they would be available on hand to rush to any part of the city, he added.

The civic authorities have taken preventive measures to ensure that low-lying areas would not get submerged. In the eventuality of any flooding, the administration was in all preparedness for evacuation of the affected persons, the Commissioner said.

All steps were taken to ensure supply of drinking water and also generators kept on standby for the purpose, he said.

The drains had also been cleared to ensure smooth flow of water, he added.