The number of those killed in rain-related incidents due to the cyclone was 43 today, according to a statement from the state disaster management department.

Naidu, camping in Visakhapatnam since Monday to oversee relief operations, left for Hyderabad today with all essential services having been resumed.

He appreciated the administration in the three cyclone-hit coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam for the efforts to bring back normalcy, but said he
was not fully satisfied.

Naidu operated from a bus stationed at Collector's office, coordinating and monitoring the relief and rescue operations.

"I am leaving Visakhapatnam today after a seven-day stay with some satisfaction, but not in full. After attending some important programmes in Hyderabad and other places, I will come again to the city to monitor the situation after two days," said Naidu.

A candle-light rally would be held on October 23 at Ramakrishna beach in Visakhapatnam "to instill confidence among citizens", the Chief Minister said.

He appealed the people to celebrate upcoming Deepavali festival only by lighting lamps. He also directed the administration to cancel the licences for fire-cracker shops during the festival.

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