The teams are equipped with power cutters, tower lights and other relevant gear, Patnaik said, adding they will also help clear the roads of debris and obstacles. Patnaik also assured his Andhra counterpart, N. Chandrababu Naidu, of all help to deal with the situation.
In Odisha, too, cyclonic storm 'Hudhud' caused extensive damage to the power infrastructure in five districts -- Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Gajapati. Ahead of 'Hudhud' making landfall Sunday, the Odisha government had evacuated 247,829 people and shifted them to 2,197 safe shelters. The evacuated people have started returning to their homes except those whose houses have been severely damaged. Preliminary estimates indicate damage to about 80,000 private dwelling houses most of which are mud and thatch dwellings.