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Covid-19 safety norms thrown to winds by devotees while taking a dip in the sea


After celebrating the holy night of Maha Shivaratri with utmost fervor, a large number of devotees took holy dip at various beaches in the district after offering prayers on Maha Sivaratri, on Friday. People of all age groups thronged to Rama Krishna Beach, Rushikonda, Jodugulapalem, Yarada, Appikonda and many other beaches without following COVID-19 safety norms and offered prayers in the nearest temples.

Since early morning, the entire stretch of R K beach is chock-o-block with devotees making their way from Madhurawada, Simhachalam, Kancharapalem and Akkayyapalem thronged the beach. During this packed gathering, many youths took selfies after taking the ritual bath, elderly persons were seen offering flowers and performing prayers. And as usual, parents were seen giving a bath to their little ones at the sea.

There were stalls were set up by the NGOs and few companies to offer water and buttermilk sachets to the devotees. And for the police and community guards, it was indeed a very tough time in controlling people and ensuring the free flow of traffic. Adding help to the police, some fishermen were stood as lifeguards to ensure that there were no drowning deaths.

Speaking to Hello Vizag, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ch Adinarayana said that over 500 police personnel were deployed at R.K Beach, Rushikonda, Jodugullapalem and Appikonda. In addition to this, we have deputed 150 AR personnel for the purpose of emergency rescue in case of any eventuality. To make accident free, we have used a public address system to control the crowd at Beach Road. To avoid congestions, we have diverted the traffic in a few areas “he said.

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