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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday released a statement on the damage caused by rains and floods in the four districts and the steps taken by the Andhra Pradesh government to provide aid and assistance to the victims.
“Three districts of Rayalaseema — Kadapa, Chittoor, and Anantapur, as well as the Nellore district, received unpredictable rains in November. The rains, which started after the first week of this month, continue to fall today. The rains began on November 16-17. As never seen before in history, heavy rains inundated Rayalaseema. On the streets of Tirumala and in the town of Tirupati, we have experienced heavy rains and vehicles being washed away,” said the chief minister.
According to the government, almost 51 mandals of Kadapa district received an average rainfall of 10.7 cm, and heavy rains lashed Seshachalam Hills in Tirupati and other parts of Chittoor district, which led to heavy inflows at Cheyyeru.
“On November 19, the inflows to Annamayya reservoir crossed 3.2 lakh cusecs, while its discharge capacity was only 2.17 lakh cusecs, which resulted in a breach to the project, causing unfortunate damage. As the discharge capacity of Pincha is only 58,000 cusecs and the inflows are over 1.38 lakh cusecs, there a breach occurred at Pincha, where all the water gushed downstream to the Annamayya project,” he said.
In the 50 years’ history of the Annamayya project, it has not received such a huge volume of inflow. The unprecedented pressure on the project led to the breach of the bund and the subsequent deluge.
Read | SDRF man drowns while rescuing flood victims in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore
“Four buses were stuck in the flood, where an RTC bus had fallen from Nadaluru bridge, causing 10 people to succumb to death and the rest were rescued by SDRF teams. 10 others had died at Sivalayam which is on the banks of the river. A total of 1990 villages in 119 Mandals of four districts were affected by the floods, of which 211 villages were completely inundated, killing 44 people while 16 are still missing,” the CM informed.
So far, the Andhra Pradesh Government has taken the following measures:
1) Power supply in four districts has been restored. The government is lodging and addressing complaints through its helpline – 104.
2) Providing necessities to 95,949 flood-affected families
3) Provide essential items for another 19,832 people in all four districts.
4) Provide miscellaneous expenses to the flood-affected families, Rs. 2000 is given to each family as they leave the relief camps.
5) All Citizens in the relief camps have returned to their homes. They have been provided with food and water in the relief camps. Fire crews were also assisted in cleaning up the flooded houses.
6) Conducting a review on all drinking water schemes. Fresh water has been provided through tankers without any hassle.
7) Through the 36 boreholes in Rajampet, water is being collected and supplied.
8) For those who unfortunately died due to floods, compensation has been provided expeditiously.
9) A system is put in place that immediately identifies the victim’s body, and immediately delivers them to their families.
10) The medical health department has been fully prepared to prevent the spread of diseases in all the flood-affected areas.
11) Compensation for dead cattle to be paid to the owners immediately. Also, orders to ensure Cattle are vaccinated. Cattle feed was also ordered to be distributed without shortage anywhere.
12) Expediting the payment of compensation in respect of fully damaged and partially damaged houses by the floods. For those whose house was completely damaged, the government is sanctioning Rs 1.8 lakh for a new house, along with compensation at the rate of Rs 95,000.
13) Enumeration was directed to be completed expeditiously in respect of crop compensation.
14) Collectors have been directed to give immediate reports regarding the rehabilitation of roads. Assess immediately upon receipt of these reports and prioritize and fund these tasks
Earlier, after visiting the flood-affected districts, TDP chief and leader of the opposition Chandrababu Naidu demanded a ‘judicial probe’ into the human error which led to the disaster at Annamayya reservoir and other water body breech.
He alleged that the government had failed to restore normalcy in flooded areas and villages still inundated in Kadapa which is the home district of CM YS Jagan.
Read | Andhra govt to distribute food grains, other essentials to families in flood-hit areas
Also Read | 24 dead, over a dozen missing as rains ravage Andhra Pradesh
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