Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal donates Rs.15 crore for Telangana flood relief

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The flood has so far claimed 70 lives across the state, almost half of which or 33, are from Hyderabad alone. A total of 37,409 families were displaced by the flood in Hyderabad alone.

Support continues to pour into Telangana from various states as the state government is battling with one of the worst deluges the state, especially the capital city of Hyderabad, has witnessed in recent times.

A day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy announced a contribution of Rs.10 crores to the state, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, October 20, announced a donation of Rs 15 crore for relief efforts.

The flood has so far claimed 70 lives across the state, almost half of which or 33, are from Hyderabad alone. A total of 37,409 families were displaced by the flood in Hyderabad alone.

"Floods have caused havoc in Hyderabad. People of Delhi stand by our brother and sisters in Hyderabad in this hour of crisis. Delhi govt will donate Rs 15 cr to the Govt of Telangana for its relief efforts," he tweeted.

The Telangana government, in a preliminary estimate, had pegged the losses at over Rs 5,000 crore caused due to rains and floods.

On Monday, chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announced Rs 10,000 financial assistance to each family that was affected by the floods. He also announced Rs one lakh for those whose houses were completely destroyed and Rs 50,000 for those whose houses were partially destroyed. Rao also announced his government will immediately release Rs 550 crore for helping those affected, especially the poor.

KT Rama Rao, Minister of Urban Development and Municipal Administration said that rescue efforts were underway.

"The cloud burst is leading to heavy rainfall and floods. We have been trying to save people from affected areas. We are alerting the people in low-lying areas of Hyderabad and surrounding areas so that loss of life can be reduced. People from low lying areas have been alerted about the situation and are being temporarily shifted to rescue and relief centers. Currently, 37,000 people have been rescued and sent to relief centres," Rao said.

He further said that it was likely that this would be the second-highest level of rainfall since 1916.

"On average, Hyderabad receives rainfall of 77.9 centimeters, but this year, the city has already received 80 per cent more rainfall than usual that is around 120 centimeters of rainfall. 2020 might end up being the highest recorded rainfall in a year in history after the single highest rainfall of the year was recorded in 1916 with 142 centimetres of rains," said the minister. (with inputs from agencies)

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