CM keeps officials and ministers on toes to combat floods

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CM KCR reviewing the flood situation at Pragati Bhavan today.

Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the concerned ministers to tour in the Warangal district and oversee the flood relief and rehabilitation works. Subsequently, the Ministers KTR, Etela Rajendar, Errabelli Dayakar, Satyavathi Rathod to leave for an aerial view tomorrow morning and hold review meetings with the district Collector and other officials.

Expressing his concern at the incessant rains lashing the states, CM instructed the officials to take necessary measures to prevent any loss to property or lives. He was reviewing the flood situation in Pragati Bhavan today. Insisting on the relief and rescue measures to be taken on a war footing, CM asked to ensure not even a single life is lost due to the rain or floods while stating that enough funds have been kept ready for Collector’s disbursement. He wanted setting up the Control Rooms wherever they are necessary and monitor the situation 24-hours.

The CM congratulated the Electricity department for efficiently managing the situation despite the natural calamity, maintaining the power Grid though there was a substantial increase in the demand and for ensuring the continuous supply of the power. He also congratulated the Municipal Administration Department for ensuring that there was no major damage or inconvenience in Hyderabad and other cities.

The senior officials from the Disaster Management, Revenue, Water Resources, Electricity, Municipal, Panchayat Raj, Agriculture, and Road and Buildings have attended the meeting. The CM elicited information district wise and made suggestions on the measures to be taken in those areas. He also held a special review of the situation prevailing in Warangal, Karimnagar, Asifabad, Mancherial, Nirmal, Peddapalli, Bhoopal Pally, Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem and other districts where there were heavy rainfall and flash floods.

His further instructions are hereunder:

  • Vacate all those staying in dilapidated houses, which can fall. At causeways, floodwater is coming on to the roads. Accidents may occur on these roads. Hence, people should not go against the water flow and get into a dangerous situation.
  • Identify the low-lying villages and areas in Eturu Nagaram, Mangampet Mandals along with other areas. Shift people from these areas to safer places.
  • Ensure no water is stagnated in Bhadrachalam town due to flooding of Godavari waters. Officials should be on high alert here.
  • Set up special relief camps all over the State in the areas where there is danger from the floodwaters. Make arrangements for the supply of food, shelter in these camps. Supply Masks and sanitizers to prevent people from Covid.
  • Ministers, Public Representatives should stay wherever they are and monitor the relief measures.
  • Agriculture officials should prepare estimates about the crops damaged due to rain and floods.
  • Panchayat Raj and Municipal Administration departments should obtain daily reports from the villages and urban areas in the prevailing situation. Those reports, through Collector and Secretaries, should reach the Chief Secretary. Based on the reports, necessary action should be taken. There should not be any laxity in relief and rehabilitation work.
  • Prepare Flood Track Sheet at every river. Estimates the developments where there is an increase in the inflow of water in a river. Prepare a track record on what happened when the river was in flood. Based on this, prepare a future strategy.
  • The Medical and Health department should be on alert about the seasonal contagious diseases and others that break out during the rainy season. Create awareness among the people. Medical and health staff at the field level should be on high alert. Keep all the medicines ready in al the government hospitals. Prepare a permanent plan for the rainy season every year and implement it.
  • Control Rooms in the state capital and in the entire district headquarters should work 24 hours. Attend to each and every phone call and extend help. Important representatives of the Police, Water Resources Department, Electricity, and Revenue departments should be deputed to the Control Rooms.