Chief Minister Dr K Rosaiah today directed Chief Secretary,
Mr.S.V.Prasad to instruct the District Collectors to be on constant vigil and
prevent loss of life and property during heavy rains. Noting that heavy rains
are lashing several parts of the State for the past two days, the Chief Minister
also asked the Collectors and other officials to be on the alert about
inundation of low lying areas and monitor the situation on day to day basis.
The Chief Minister particularly drew the attention of the top Irrigation
officials on the reported flood waters flowing in Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers
and directed the revenue officials to take necessary immediate steps to evacuate
the people likely to be affected in the low lying areas.
The Chief Minister who is camping in Delhi today reviewed
telephonically with the Chief Secretary and the Commissioner, Disaster
Management, Dr.T.Radha and other top officials. Dr Rosaiah asked the Collectors
to constantly watch monsoon progress and the intensity of the rainfall in
different districts. He wanted the District Collectors to evacuate people from
the low lying areas to safer places well in advance in case of any inundation.
The Chief Minister also asked the Collectors, Municipal
Administration, Panchayat Raj and Health Department officials to be vigilant
about the possibility of seasonal epidemics spreading in the heavy rainfall
areas. He directed them to store adequate medicines well in advance and sanitize
the areas once the rains are over. Public places and roads should be cleared of
dirt and waste. Dr Rosaiah also wanted the GHMC officials to desilt and clear
the nallas and take steps to cover all the manholes for the smooth flow of
drain-water in the twin-cities.
The Commissioner, Disaster Management informed the Chief
Minister that the state-wide normal rainfall is 25% excess as on today compared
to normal rainfall during the season last year. The state-wide average
rainfall is 22%. It is 59 mm in West Godavari, 55 mm in Visakhapatnam, 50 mm in
Karimnagar, 48.1mm in Adilabad, 46.5mm in Khammam, 47.8mm in East Godavarti,
40.0mm in Vizianagaram and 40mm in Warangal. One death is reported from
Venkatagiri village of K.Samudram Mandal in Warangal district as one Mr.Manda
Sambaiah was washed away while crossing the Akirivagu yesterday. Paddy nursery
in 5,000 hectares and paddy crop in 7,000 hectares were inundated, besides 3
houses (Two severely and one partially) were damaged in West Godavari district,
the Commissioner Disaster Management said. Coastal Andhra region recorded
average rainfall of 31.4 mm, Rayalaseema recorded 2.9mm and Telangana region
recorded 25.1mm today.
The Chief Minister asked the Disaster Management department
and the District Collectors to monitor the situation regularly and take timely
action as and when required. He asked the Collectors to take care of the farmers
in particular and see that there are no major damages to the standing crops in