Telangana Rains: CM KCR Directs High Alert
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao directed officials to be on high alert, monitor the situation minute by minute and ensure that people living in low-lying areas do not face any hardships as 16 Telangana districts have been affected by floods on Thursday amid heavy rains and inflows into the state.
“More care should be taken on Godavari and Krishna rivers catchment areas,” the CM said. According to the Chief Minister, heavy rain occurring in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, where Mahabaleshwar recorded 70 cm rainfall, will lead to increase in floods in the Krishna river catchment areas.
He observed that the Telangana official machinery should get awareness on managing flood situations and told them to create a perfect flood management system on a permanent basis.
“Set up an effective flood management team with seven officers who know how to take safety measures for people during the floods. Keep records of floods every year. Take preventive measures during the floods based on the record of the past floods,” he said.
As the Met department forecast heavy rain for the next two days, he directed all departments to take preventive measures.
Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a teleconference with the Collectors and Superintendents of Police to take stock of the situation.
He instructed them to take up relief and rescue measures on a war footing to prevent the loss of life and damage to property.
Normal life was affected in several parts of Telangana on Thursday as torrential rains continued to batter the state for the second day, leading to inundation of low-lying areas and disruption of road links. Reservoirs in the state received copious inflow and rivulets were in spate at various places following the downpour.