Heavy rain in Telangana: Indian Army's flood relief teams on standby in Hyderabad, Secunderabad

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According to the IMD, under the impact of this heavy rainfall, flooding and waterlogging in many parts of Telangana may occur.

 

With the forecast of heavy rains in the next few days, Indian Army flood relief teams have been put on standby in Hyderabad and Secunderabad for anticipated rescue operations of people.

Nine flood relief teams with boats are on standby, in response to the calls of the Telangana government, while additional teams will be sent as per the situation.

Meanwhile, the government has appointed 80 special officers who would oversee the rescue and relief campaign in Hyderabad and adjoining areas which are under the risk of flooding. 

Earlier, Army's relief teams had evacuated 153 people and distributed food packets to people in Bandlaguda area of Hyderabad following heavy rains on October 14 and 15. 

“These preparations are over and above the current deployment of six Flood relief teams with boats and medical facilities at Gulbarga and Yadgir districts of Karnataka from October 17 who have already evacuated 427 marooned people to safe locations. The evacuation process is still continuing with increasing in the water flow of Bhima and Krishna Rivers”, a defence release said.

Earlier, the Indian Meteorological department (IMD) had issued an ‘orange’ alert for Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Accordingly, moderate to heavy rains were reported in several parts of the state on Tuesday. There was rain in the early hours on Wednesday in several areas. 

According to the IMD, under the impact of this heavy rainfall, flooding and waterlogging in many parts of Telangana may occur. 

Earlier, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, KT Rama Rao too had urged the residents who are in unsafe locations to immediately shift to the relief camps.

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

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

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.

 

With inputs from Agency

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