Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy checked the readiness of Cyclone Yaas on Tuesday with Chief Secretary Adityanath Das, who camps in Srikakulam, and collectors from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts.
“I urge the collectors to plan measures based on the weather reports and forecasts from the Indian Meteorological Authority and to closely monitor the movements of the cyclone storm,” said Jagan Mohan Reddy in a video conference.
Briefing of the situation, Mr Adityanath Das said that apart from sporadic showers in Srikakulam, there was no significant impact from the cyclone, adding that all high-ranking officials were camping in Srikakulam. He also explained the steps that were being taken to evacuate all COVID-19 patients from shelters and that the hospitals had diesels and generators to accommodate any eventuality.
“Coordination with Odisha”
The collectors later provided information about the looming situation. Srikakulam collector J. Nivas said the district officials were working in coordination with their colleagues in Odisha and the situation was under control.
Vizianagaram collector M. Hari Jawaharlal said all measures have been taken including placing generators in 28 hospitals along with diesel. In addition to securing electricity, sufficient food supplies were also kept in the COVID care centers.
V. Vinay Chand, collector of Visakhapatnam, said the process of setting up oxygen production facilities and a cylinder refill facility was ongoing. All steps were taken to ensure the power supply in 80 hospitals.
The Minister of the City Council Botcha Satyanarayana, the Minister of Agriculture K. Kanna Babu, the Deputy Chairman of the Agriculture Mission MVS Nagireddy, the Special Envoy for Agriculture Poonam Malakondaiah, and the Commissioner for Agriculture H. Arun Kumar were present.