The state government has enhanced the rescue and rehabilitation measures on war footing besides making elaborate arrangements to meet any eventuality in view of the heavy rain prediction in the city for the 3rd consecutive term in succession in a span of 10 days.
Announcing this here today after reviewing the relief operations at GHMC headquarters, the Minister for Municipal Administration KT Rama Rao said over 37,000 families living in low-lying areas have been affected and relief kits are being provided to them. However, he said only 33 deaths have been reported in the GHMC area till date.
He said we could evacuate people living in ground-floors but most of those staying on first and second floors refuse to leave their homes. “This is not correct as they might collapse if the structures become weak due to submergence. I request all of them also to come to the rescue centres so that we can avoid any unfortunate incident from taking place”, said KTR adding that at least 80 special officers have been deputed in these areas to monitor the situation
The Minister further announced that in view of the further rainfall in the next 2-3 days, the Military has also been alerted and on the request of the state government the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments have sent 18 and 32 boats respectively totalling to at least 50 lifeboats as standby.
To a question, KTR said the state government had sought Rs1350 crore from the centre towards compensation of the damage occurred due to floods out of which Rs650 crore estimated to be incurred on repairs of roads, drains and other infrastructure.
KTR also appealed to the people to understand the reasons behind the floods and not just blame the government alone as the situation has come due to illegal encroachments of nalas, human errors, government failures especially because of continuous incessant and unprecedented rains after 100 years gap without any letup for days together. “I am not trying to escape myself from the responsibility, the government failure is also there”, agreed KTR.
Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary Aravind Kumar, GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar and Mayor Dr Bonthu Rammohan have also participated in the press meet.