The State Disaster Management Authority this evening put the death toll due to Sunday's cyclone at 35 but with a rider that they are "yet to confirm" whether these deaths are indeed caused due to the fury unleashed by Hudhud that struck the Andhra coast on Sunday while making a landfall at Vizag.
Nearly 8,000 houses and more than 8,300 electric poles and transformers were damaged in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts in the nature's fury.
Though the exact financial loss is yet to be ascertained, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the initial estimates indicate that it can go up to Rs 70,000 crore.
"It is very difficult to assess the damage and loss caused by the cyclone. We are still getting reports whether it (total losses in all cyclone-hit districts) is Rs 60,000 crore or Rs 70,000 crore. We cannot come to a figure now. Our immediate priority is to conduct rescue and relief operations in the cyclone-hit areas," Naidu said.
The central teams (for assessment of losses) are expected to arrive in Andhra Pradesh in a day or two, he said.
Meanwhile, normalcy is returning to the port city with restoration of essential supplies and public transportation services, three days after it was battered by Hudhud.
The residents of Visakhapatnam faced a lot of hardships as electricity and essential items like milk were not available and communication network having virtually collapsed due to the devastation caused by the cyclone.
The chief minister, camping in the city to oversee relief operations, has directed officials to supply a package of food items like rice, dal, edible oil and some vegetables to the cyclone-hit people free of cost.