Actors Jr NTR, Vijay Deverakonda, Varun Tej, Manchu Manoj, Nikhil Siddharth and Navdeep have either donated money or coordinated relief work.

Tollywood steps up to help Andhra rebuild itself following cyclone Titli
news Cyclone Titli Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 14:14

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.

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.

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.

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.

Actor Navdeep has been coordinating relief work, ensuring that the relief aid reach the needy through his team on time.

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.

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