HYDERABAD: Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao put the entire administration on high alert on Thursday after heavy rains and huge inflows from upstream Maharashtra and Karnataka began flooding large swathes of the state. KCR asked irrigation, revenue and police department to monitor the situation round-the-clock till August 10.
“More care should be taken on Godavari and Krishna rivers catchment areas,” the CM told the roads and buildings (R&B) department to assess the flood situation and examine the condition of roads and bridges. KCR directed chief secretary Somesh Kumar to put together an effective flood management team immediately.
“The team should have even officers, who had experience and know how to take preventive and rehabilitation measures during floods. While keeping the records of the floods every year, the team should take preventive measures during the floods based on the record of the past floods. The team should be constituted on permanent basis,” KCR said.
The highly-equipped team should have knowledge on the measures to be taken one war-footing at the time of floods, he said. Officials said the CM wants one member to manage the rehabilitation camps and another officer to alert the Army, Air Force and NDRF.
“Another member should coordinate with medical and Health, R&B, Panchayat Raj, revenue, irrigation, and other such departments, which are involved in flood and rehabilitation works,” KCR said, while reviewing the rains and flood situation in the state with officials at Pragati Bhavan.
He instructed officials of all departments to take measures as weather forecast stated that heavy rainfall would occur for next two days in the state. “With construction of projects in the state, water is flowing abundantly into tanks and lakes and water levels have reached to full capacity,” he said.
The CM also enquired about Musi river flood situation and asked people to ensure safety of people living in low-lying areas in Hyderabad. He instructed that HMDA and GHMC officials should to demolish illegal constructions of houses in the low-lying areas in Hyderabad.


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