Hyderabad, July 19 (INN): As many as five districts have been put on flood alert following steep rise in the levels of Godavari river which touched 51.4 feet at Bhadrachalam on Friday afternoon.
While issuing a third warning signal, the State Government has sent two teams of National Disaster Response Force comprising 18 members each to tackle any eventuality. Meanwhile, State Chief Secretary PK Mohanty reviewed the situation with senior officials and directed the Collectors of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Khammam and East Godavari districts to be on alert and plan rescue and relief measures in the areas likely to be affected due to flooding in Godavari.
However, incessant rains for the fourth consecutive day have already caused immense damage in several villages across the State. More than 20 people are reportedly caught in floods at different places in North Telangana districts. Efforts are being made by the District Administration concerned to rescue them.
Crops spread across thousands of acres were damaged. Several villages in Adilabad, Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam are cut off to overflowing rivers, rivulets, tanks and streams. Bus services too were affected in many districts. The service between Hyderabad and Karimnagar has been suspended as a part of the road in Karimnagar district was washed away.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the officials to take help of Army and Air Force, whenever and wherever required. He suggested that sufficient food grains, medicines and other essential items be kept ready to meet any eventuality.