Actor-politician Nandamuri Balakrishna met with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday and handed over Rs 25 lakh as a donation towards relief efforts for Cyclone Titli which struck the state earlier this month.
The TDP MLA from Hindupur met with Naidu at his residence in Hyderabad and handed over a cheque for the same.
Earlier this week, Naidu said that the cyclone, which struck the coast in Srikakulam District and ruthlessly uprooted several coconut and cashew trees in the Uddanam region, had pushed the area back by two decades. He also said that normalcy would be restored by October 29.
Last week, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naidu had said, "The cyclone has devastated these districts (Srikakulam and Vizianagaram) and has left huge damage to properties, agriculture and horticulture crops, houses and infrastructure resulting in deep distress and misery to the people of these districts."
The state government has made a tentative estimation of the damage in all sectors, including agriculture, horticulture, electricity and irrigation. It has stated roughly Rs 2,800 crore rupees to be the estimated worth of the damages incurred.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister Nara Lokesh and Srikakulam MP B Ram Mohan Naidu have appealed to people from across the world to donate to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the natural disaster.
Stating that Cyclone Titli struck on October 11 with high winds going up to 165 kmph, followed by flooding, heavy rain ranging from 10 to 43 cm and storm surges, Lokesh said that the state government was working full-time in restoring normalcy in the affected areas.