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Cyclone Hudhud: Andhra Pradesh airlifts vegetables from Delhi; water supply restored in Vizag

The shortage of vegetables in the cyclone affected area has pushed up the prices.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Visakhapatnam | Updated: October 15, 2014 2:42:55 pm
An Indian man holds an umbrella to protect himself from the heavy rains near Gopalpur, in Ganjam district, 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (Source: AP) An man holds an umbrella to protect himself from the heavy rains in Vizag. (Source: AP)

The Andhra Pradesh government is airlifting 12,000 metric tonnes of potatoes and onions from New Delhi to Visakhapatnam. Vegetables are also being procured from Kurnool in Rayalaseema, and Maharashtra.

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The shortage of vegetables in the cyclone affected area has pushed up the prices. The government is procuring the vegetables to make them available in Rythu bazars and special outlets being set up.

TDP MP and Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju is coordinating with officials in New Delhi to procure the vegetables and airlift them.

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”We are making arrangements to make the vegetables available for 6 to 8 lakh families in the affected areas. Veggies will be sold at Rs 2 or 3 per kg and each family can purchase 3 kgs. We will also channelise thousands of kgs of vegetables into the open market to bring down the prices, and make them available everywhere,” M K Singh, CEO of AP Rythu Bazar, said.

Tomatoes and other vegetables have started arriving by the truck loads from Guntur and Vijayawada.

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Water supply restored in Vizag

In a major relief, Water supply was restored in Vizag and many other areas on Wednesday morning with the municipal authorities running generator sets to pump water.

However, power supply would be restored only Thursday evening.

Talking to The Indian Express, Urban Development and Municipal Administration Minister M S Narayana said, “Municipal water supply we managed to restore today in Vizag and many areas. Water is coming in home taps now. Power restoration will start partially from Thursday evening. There will be partial power supply only. Work is going on a war footing.”

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