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Loss May Be Rs At Least 10,000 Cr

Loss May Be Rs At Least 10,000 Cr

Eight people have been killed in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by Cyclone Hudhud which pounded Visakhapatnam with relentless force on Sunday.

Paddy fields and fruit orchards spread over thousands of acres, and long stretches of roads in north coastal Andhra and East Godavari district were damaged in the heavy rains and winds brought by cyclone Hudhud on Sunday. 

With heavy destruction of basic I infrastructure in the region, industrial production and business transactions were badly hit. 

And with electricity unlikely to be restored in the next couple of days, officials fear more losses. 

Though the state government is yet to estimate the total loss, it is expected to be at least Rs 10,000 crore. 

The extent of the crisis would be known today, AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu said, urging the Prime Minister to declare the cyclone a national calamity. Mr Naidu also said that he has sought a relief package of Rs. 2,000 crore from the Centre.

“The exact damage to crops is being ascertained,“ an official statement said. 

Reports of damage to hundreds of fishing boats have come in from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, and East Godavari districts. Scores of communication towers were also uprooted, disrupting telephone and mobile network. 

The quantum of damage will be known only on Monday after official teams visit the affected areas. 

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