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‘Storm could cause extensive damage’

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Administration finding it difficult to evacuate people as they refuse to leave: C. Parthasarathy

Raring to go:Members of National Disaster Relief Force ready for rescue operations as cyclonic storm Lehar is likely to cross the AP coast on Thursday. —Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
Raring to go:Members of National Disaster Relief Force ready for rescue operations as cyclonic storm Lehar is likely to cross the AP coast on Thursday. —Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

The cyclone Lehar could cause extensive damage to kutcha houses and disrupt power and communication lines. There is need for regulation of road and rail traffic along the coast while the government has notified total suspension of fishing activity along the coastline, said Disaster Management Commissioner C. Parthasarathy told reporters here on Wednesday.

He said while army was positioned in the districts likely to be affected, teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) would stay put in vulnerable areas. The administration was facing difficulties in evacuating people from low lying areas as people refused to leave. The officials succeeded in shifting around 27,000 people to 103 relief camps in the four districts.

SCR helplines

The APSRTC management has assured supply of buses as and when required to move the people out of vulnerable areas. The South Central Railway had set up helplines at all the major stations from Anakapalle to Nellore to assist the passengers in the event of disruption in services. The SCR authorities, however, advised the people to plan their train journeys keeping in view of the impending cyclonic storm.

Cautioning the fishermen against venturing into the sea, Mr. Parthasarathy said almost all the boats that were on sea returned except for 24 that were expected to return by this night. An estimated 19.16 lakh people in 763 habitations of 61 mandals in coastal areas were likely to be affected by Lehar.


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