Hudhud brings them together

Residents of Srinivasa Nagar come forward to clear debris. People say that they are yet to recover from the cyclone shock. "Our buildings were vibrating due to the strong winds.

Updated - November 17, 2021 11:04 am IST

Published - November 05, 2014 12:55 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

The Srinivasa Nagar Colony in Old Akkayapalem in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C. V. Subrahmanyam

The Srinivasa Nagar Colony in Old Akkayapalem in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C. V. Subrahmanyam

A huge arch leads us to Srinivasa Nagar near old Akkayyapalem. With more than 4,000 people living in the locality for more than three decades, the colony looks lively with several communities sharing the space.

Though the neighbourhood has been severely hit by the cyclonic storm Hudhud, people say that it has brought them together, uniting them as a family in times of need.

And they are more than happy to take up road clearing works and pave the way for commuters.

“It was amazing to see the entire colony queuing up to lift uprooted trees and electric poles and strive hard to bring the colony back in shape. Most importantly, we did not wait for any official to visit the neighbourhood to clear the mess,” says M. Nagesh, a resident.

A kalyanamandapam, once abuzz with skill development activities taken up by DWCRA groups, lies in a shambles as a transformer has been ripped apart damaging a portion of the compound wall.

Still in shock People say that they are yet to recover from the cyclone shock. “Our buildings were vibrating due to the strong winds. Moreover, it was a tough time for us to manage with limited water and essential commodities in the aftermath of the disaster. However, with all of us helping one another, we have finally overcome tough times,” says Naresh Naidu, another resident.

Despite a massive cleaning initiative going on at a faster pace, the already congested lanes of Srinivasa Nagar look thinner with heaps of debris strewn all over. In addition to this, the overflowing drains and piled up debris near the scrap go-down cause inconvenience to the people as the entire stretch stinks badly.

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