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Wednesday 28 December 2011

Cyclone Thane: Food, ready

HYDERABAD: Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed chief secretary Pankaj Dwivedi to instruct district collectors of the districts concerned, mainly Nellore and Prakasam, to take all precautionary measures in view of the approaching cyclone Thane.
The chief minister took stock of the cyclone situation in the state at the secretariat on Tuesday. Revenue minister N Raghuveera Reddy, chief secretary and disaster management commissioner T Radha and other senior officials were present.
He asked senior officials to visit the coastal districts and also YSR Kadapa, Ananthapur, Kurnool and Chittoor districts to review the measures taken by the respective district administrations.
Officials said adequate food stocks, drinking water sachets, emergency lamps/ lights etc have been kept in readiness. Medical and health department officials have been instructed to keep sufficient quantities of essential medicines and 108 and 104 medical ambulance services are kept ready to help affected people. The electricity department has been instructed to take special care to monitor the power situation.
Similarly, APSRTC authorities have been asked to keep sufficient number of buses ready for the movement of people in case of evacuation and also for the supply of essentials.
Police and fire departments have been asked to keep constant vigil and be in touch with the district administration.
District collectors have been instructed to ensure sanitation, adequate lighting and drinking water at cyclone shelters and other places where the evacuated people will be housed.

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