Lehar preparedness reviewed

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31 cyclone shelters have been identified to rehabilitate 26,000 people

Botcha Satyanarayana
Botcha Satyanarayana

Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana has said that 31 cyclone shelters have been identified to rehabilitate 26,000 people from 19 hamlets in the seven panchayats of Bhogapuram and Poospatirega mandals.

At a meeting to review the preparedness of the district administration on cyclone Lehar that would probably cross between Machilipatnam and Kalingapatnam on Thursday, Mr. Satyanarayana said all the 116 fishing boasts with men reached shore safely.

He directed officials, particularly Revenue, Transco, Panchayat Raj, RWS, and Medical and Health, to prepare themselves to meet any eventuality.

The Minister said that paddy in an extent of 1 lakh hectares was at the last stage of harvesting.

Out of the total extent, 30,000 ha was at crop-cutting stage. He asked people not to come out of their houses during the cyclone landfall period.

Collector Kantilal Dande said officials must be available round the clock.

DM HO Swarajya Lakshmi said 11 teams, each consisting of one doctor and two paramedical staff, were being deployed in the two coastal mandals and other places.


In the morning, the Minister said that the government was making every effort to scrap mediators and extend benefits directly to the poor beneficiaries.

Participating in Rachabanda programme at Jami and Kothavalasa mandals on Wednesday, Mr. Satyanarayana detailed the benefits that the government had introduced for the benefit of the poor. He said that 6.40 lakh ration cards were issued so far in the district.

He laid foundation stones for additional school building and SC welfare hostel in Kothavalasa and road-widening works from Bhimasingi to S. Kota at an estimated cost of Rs. 21.1crore.

  • All the 116 fishing boasts with men have reached shore safely, says Botcha

  • People urged not to come out of their houses during the landfall period

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