Hyderabad, July 18 (INN): The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy this morning reviewed the heavy rains and flood situation and relief measures taken up with Chief Secretary Dr P K Mohanty and other officials at Camp Office.
The Chief Minister also reviewed water levels in Reservoirs in the State in general and Upper Telangana districts like Adilabad and Nizamabad in particular. He directed the Chief Secretary to ask the District Collectors to take up immediate steps for rescue and relief measures particularly in the low-lying areas and also to form special teams for enumeration of crop, housing and property losses Commissioner, disaster management, officials of the Irrigation, Planning and other departments were also present.
Following the directions from the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary reviewed with officials of all departments to follow the guidelines already issued to them and provide relief to the affected people in rain-battered areas. He also directed the departments to take up all other relief works wherever required. The Chief Secretary directed the District Collectors to constantly monitor the situation and evacuate the people from the low lying areas wherever and whenever necessary. He also told them to keep medical teams and medicines ready in case of necessities.
All the District Collectors particularly of Telangana Districts have been told to keep a close watch round the clock and take all precautionary and preventive measures. They are directed to alert the people living in the low-lying areas and other affected districts and also to move the people to the safer places. The Collectors are also asked to make necessary arrangements for evacuating the likely-to-be affected people and the animals to safer places. They are also instructed to take all necessary measures to prevent loss of life and damage to property. Collectors are also told to provide relief and assistance as applicable to those families whose houses were fully/severely damaged in the rains.
Medical and Health Dept. and Animal Husbandry Dept. are told to keep stock of essential medicines and make available the services of medical and para medical staff at short notice.
Fishermen should be directed as required not to venture into the sea. The low pressure area lies over East Madhya Pradesh and adjoining Chattisgarh. South West Monsoon has been active over Telangana.
Rain occurred at most places over Telangana and some palces over Coastal Andhra and at few places over Rayalaseema. As per IMD, heavy rain would occur at isolated places in the districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal and Medak during the next 24 years. Excess (more than 20 per cent or more compared to normal) rainfall occurred in the districts of Vizianagaram, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Hyderabad, Medak, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Warangal and Khammam. Rainfall was normal in Srikakulam, East Godavari, Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool, Mahaboobnagar, Ranga Reddy, Karimnagar and Nalgonda.
Rainfall was deficient only in Visakhapatnam and Anantapur. Overall the rainfall is 25 per cent excess in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema region and 38 per cent in Telangana region. Due to the persisting low pressure area as reported by IMD, several Districts in the State have been receiving heavy rainfall over the past few days. The Rainfall received from June 1, 2013 upto July 18, 2013 is 255.5 mm as against normal of 213 mm (deviation + 20 per cent).
More than 2 cm Rainfall recorded on 18.07.2013 in following districts. 1. Nizamabad – 44.7 mm 2. Warangal – 23.6 mm 3. Prakasam – 21.9 mm 4. Khammam – 20.7 mm 26 mandals in 6 districts recorded more than 50 mm on July 18, 2013.
The State has received an average rainfall of 255.5 mm as on 18.07.2013 as against 199.8 mm during corresponding period of the previous year 2012 with deviation of (+) 28 per cent. As per the latest information received here, there are 8 deaths all over the State so far (4 in Karimnagar, 2 in Khammam, one each in Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad). 1124 house damages were reported (108 fully damaged, 513 severely damaged and 503 partly damaged. Officials informed that 4 Relief Camps for 2000 people were opened in Nizamabad Town.