Hyderabad: With more heavy rains expected in the state for the next three days, Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao said 80 special officers have been deployed to rescue and relief actions in GHMC and neighbouring municipalities.
For the next 15 days, these officials will be tracking the relief measures. As there is a need for more ships to move people from flooded areas to safe places, about 30 of them are being arranged from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
There are currently almost 20 GHMC boats and an additional 30 will arrive by evening, the minister said.
Speaking at a press conference, the Minister claimed that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had explicitly ordered the implementation of steps to avoid loss of life as damaged property can be recovered or compensated.
To date, 33 people in GHMC and neighbouring municipalities have lost their lives due to heavy rain. Among these, 29 families have been presented with an ex gratia of Rs.5 lakh each and four of them are in the process. Three people still remain missing, he said.
“Because 80 colonies are still flooded across GHMC boundaries and more rains are expected over the next three days, all other operations and services have been suspended in GHMC, Rao said, adding,” Our focus will be to evacuate as many people to relief camps from low-lying areas.
The Minister appealed to all residents in low lying areas and those staying in the first and second floors to shift to relief camps immediately and not to put their lives at risk. The government of the state has already invested over Rs.60 crore and will invest another Rs.670 crore on relief and rescue initiatives, he said.
A provisional estimate of damages sustained due to heavy rains in the GHMC and across the state has already been submitted to the Centre by the State Government.
A comprehensive report requesting Rs.1350 crore was submitted on October 15 under preliminary and immediate support and no response has yet been received from the Centre, the Minister said.
Rao thanked and expressed gratitude to the government of Tamil Nadu for extending financial assistance of Rs.10 crore, in addition to providing Telangana with blankets.
The Minister announced that the average rainfall in the city this year to date was recorded as 120 cm compared to the normal average annual rainfall of 78 cm.
The highest rainfall of 142 cm per year was recorded in 1916 and the minister said that the average rainfall this year is expected to be the highest in the history of Hyderabad, because two more months are left. (INN)