Hudhud has left many in darkness, Vizag's image takes a beating
news Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | October 16, 2014 | 12.30 pm IST The nightmare is not yet over for the people in Vishakapatnam (Vizag) and other coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh hit by cyclone Hudhud. Even three days after the cyclone which barreled intoVizag, power supply has not been completely restored in many parts, mobile connectivity too has been largely affected. The port and steel city has just managed to provide food and drinking water for all. There are reports that it will take another two weeks to restore the power supply completely. As per the Times of India report, power could be restored only to about 5,000 of the 22 lakh consumers in the city. The aftermath of cyclone still holds Vizag in darkness. "Nearly 40,000 electricity poles were ravaged in the entire coastal region, including 20,000 in Vizag city alone,â€ť as reported by Times of India Reports suggest that Vizag Steel plant will take 3 to 6 months to resume functioning. Many consider the city as an emerging investment destination, but media feels that the cyclone seems to have affected the image."Apart from loss of property post Cyclone Hudhud, Vizag has also lost its brand image as the only investment destination in Andhra Pradesh," says a report in the Deccan Chronicle. The Indian Navy too has suffered huge losses. The storm has almost logged out the IT sector too. Reports say that Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naiduâ€™s plan to make Vizag an IT destination like Hyderabad has received a serious set-back. It will take a month to completely restore and begin normal functioning of port, factories, airways, transport etc according to the reports.