Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy held a video conference with District Collectors from Alluri Sitharamaraju, Eluru, Ambedkar Konaseema, East, and West Godavari districts, urging them to be vigilant as the Godavari River’s flood levels continue to rise due to incessant rains. CM Jagan Mohan Reddy emphasized the importance of closely monitoring the flood situation and relief and rescue measures in vulnerable areas. The flood level at Bhadrachalam (in Telangana) is expected to rise to 53.81 feet from the current 49.60 feet, leading to an increased inflow and outflow at Dowleswaram Barrage to 16 lakh cusecs from 13 lakh cusecs.
The Chief Minister directed officials to prioritize humanitarian efforts while extending relief and rehabilitation services to flood victims, regardless of the financial implications. He stressed the need for District Collectors to ensure efficient evacuation plans and provide exemplary services to affected people, preparing for the potential threat of six lakh cusecs of floodwater. In relief camps, facilities should be of excellent quality, and each affected family and individual should be given Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,000, respectively, upon their return to their homes.
Compensation of Rs. 10,000 should be provided to repair the houses of affected people with pucca houses, regardless of the extent of damage, when they are sent back. For those in submerged areas, CM Reddy instructed the Collectors to distribute 25 kg of rice and one kg each of potato, red gram, onion, and palm oil for free. The Chief Minister emphasized the importance of providing immediate assistance and support to the affected communities, ensuring they receive essential supplies and support during the flood crisis.
By taking proactive measures and prioritizing the well-being of the affected population, the government aims to alleviate the impact of the rising Godavari River flood levels and ensure the safety and welfare of the people in the affected districts.