Flood situation grim, TS sets up state control room

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Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar is seen reviewing the flood situation with district Collectors

Consequent to the instructions from the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar today held a teleconference with all district collectors and took stock of the arrangements put in place for handling the situation arising out of incessant rains and floods in the state over the past few days.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary asked the collectors to be on high alert as there are indications that the rains are likely to continue for a few more days. He asked all the officials to remain in headquarters, work in close coordination and ensure that no loss of lives or property takes place in the state.

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Chief Secretary urged the District Collectors to set up a round-the-clock control room in their districts to maintain a close watch. He informed that a state control room (040-23450624) is also set up and operationalised immediately. Anyone having any problems can contact the control room.

He cautioned the District Collectors to be very vigilant in respect of tanks across the railway lines as well as with regard to those tanks which are vulnerable and likely to be breached. He wanted them to reduce the weir height of the tank to prevent any breach where the tanks have reached full levels.

He told them to immediately bring to the notice of the higher officials about any submergence or inundation of low lying areas. He urged the Collectors to take care of sanitation in villages and towns.

DGP Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary Irrigation Rajat Kumar, Secretary PR&RD Sandeep Kumar Sultania, Secretary Disaster Management Rahul Bojja, Secretary Health & Family Welfare Rizvi, Secretary Finance Ronald Ross, Commissioner PR&RD Raghunandan Rao, E-in-C Irrigation Muralidhar Rao and other officials were present in the teleconference.