Andhra Pradesh is struggling to rebuild itself and restore normalcy following the cyclone Titli, which hit the Andhra-Odisha coast last week. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking Rs 1,200 crore assistance from the Centre as interim relief for rehabilitation of the affected areas. They have also asked the public for help.
A few Tollywood actors and directors are leading the way by making generous donations to the AP CM relief fund and providing relief aid to the affected in AP. Hashtags #IStandWithAP and #SaveSrikakulam have already begun trending on Twitter.
On Sunday, actor Vijay Deverakonda donated Rs 5 lakh to the CM relief fund and posted a screenshot of his contribution, urging more people to come forward and donate to the state. Following this, actor Jr NTR donated Rs 15 lakh and his brother Kalyan Ram donated Rs 5 lakh to the CM relief fund.
NTR @tarak9999 and Kalyan Ram @NANDAMURIKALYAN have announced 15 Lakh Rupees and 5 Lakh Rupees respectively , towards @AndhraPradeshCM ‘s Relief Fund for the rehabilitation of cyclone Titli victims in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh— Mahesh S Koneru (@smkoneru) October 15, 2018
Replying to Deverakonda’s tweet, director Anil Ravipudi also donated Rs 1 lakh.
Be it any social issue, actor Sampoornesh Babu was one of the few celebrities who lent a hand. Urging more people to donate to those affected by the cyclone, he made a contribution of Rs 50,000 to the relief fund. Actor Varun Tej also contributed Rs 5 lakh and announced the same on his Twitter page.
It's time we stand up for our people..— Varun Tej Konidela (@IAmVarunTej) October 15, 2018
I've done my part..
I request you all to contribute and help us rebuild our homes in Andhra.pic.twitter.com/hsKj6Ra5c7
Actor Manchu Manoj has promised to adopt all children affected by the cyclone and give proper education to them. He announced the same in a tweet on October 11, and also appreciated the youth who were involved in the relief work.
#Srikakulam we all r there for u ... Be Strong ... I pledge to adopt effected Children and Give them Proper Education... I’m sure Everyone wil Do there Bit ... Talking to the people I know there and really proud of the surrounding Youth for their immense Relief Work pic.twitter.com/T3wuO0ncpq— Manoj Kumar Manchu (@HeroManoj1) October 12, 2018
A couple of other celebrities are coordinating disaster relief work and are reaching out to people in affected areas. Actor Nikhil Siddharth has already received much applause for his ground work in Srikakulam, providing food and other basic necessities to people staying in relief camps.
2500 kilos of Rice— Nikhil Siddhartha (@actor_Nikhil) October 15, 2018
Portable Generators for Power cuts.
Dinner for 3000 people who need cooked food immediately.
Was arranging these things here in Srikakulam all day... Now in GUPPIDIPETA..next on to PALLISARADHI
Stay strong Srikakulam
Actor Navdeep has been coordinating relief work, ensuring that the relief aid reach the needy through his team on time.
The more we travel the more we are finding villages that weren't addressed, the cyclone and Flood of vamsidhara river also brought a huge damage - team information from on ground! Kindly contribute-VCare 33068239446— Navdeep (@pnavdeep26) October 16, 2018
State Bank of India
Parishram Bhavan branch
Titli hit the state on October 11, leading to the deaths of 8 people and affecting 872 villages. According to a report filed by the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA), 18 mandals in Srikakulam have been affected and several areas are still flooded.
Heavy rainfall and wind damaged 290 km of roads and created 65 traffic disruptions, of which 55 were promptly cleared, the report said. Power supply in over 4,000 villages was affected after several electric poles were uprooted. Almost 9,000 houses were damaged in the storm.