AP launches portal to assess damage

The Andhra Pradesh (AP) government has launched a portal, www.hudhud.ap.gov.in, to assess the damage due to cyclone Hudhud.

The portal will facilitate collection, collation and analysis of damage to assets and will be used by all departments. It will connect to the National Remote Sensing Centre website on #HudhudAP.

People can send pictures through Whatsapp to these numbers: 7893699024, 8978208690, 8978213563, 9618536805.

Apart from on-ground officials working round-the-clock, the state government has mobilised volunteers through social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to receive contributions.
A team of volunteers will leave for Visakhapatnam at midnight with relief material.

The AP Disaster Management page on Facebook is receiving tremendous response, requests and grievances. This has helped the government galvanise support from on-ground volunteers and those in Hyderabad and other areas who are willing to volunteer.

A team monitoring the social media, under the office of adviser (communications) to the government of AP, has been noting down grievances and sending them to on-ground officials.
The social media team has contacted the Visakhapatnam collector who has said that the drop of point for free relief material is Visakhapatnam airport. For material from other places, it can be sent to Vijayawada Gannavaram airport.

The state government has contacted local college students to mobilise this network.

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