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Venkaiah Naidu picks up broom in cyclone-hit Visakhapatnam

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Visakhapatnam, Oct 24 :

Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Friday picked up a broom to take part in Clean India Mission in this port city battered by a severe cyclone nearly two weeks ago.

Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu along with his supporters participated in the cleanliness drive on a beach. They removed debris washed ashore by cyclone Hudhud, which hit the coast Oct 12.

The minister stressed the need for turning the cleanliness mission into a people’s movement with participation at all levels. He said people should keep their surroundings clean to protect themselves from diseases.

Naidu said the nation-wide mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Oct 2 had received tremendous response.

The union minister is camping here for the past three days.

He announced Thursday that he and his family would adopt a cyclone-affected village in Visakhapatnam district.

He also assured more assistance from the central government for relief and rehabilitation work in cyclone-hit north coastal Andhra.

The cyclone claimed 46 lives in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Vijayanaharam and Srikakulam and damaged nearly 9,000 houses and huge tracts of agriculture and horticulture crops.

(IANS)