Flood situation in AP improves; PM assures help

Last Updated: Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 10:44

Hyderabad: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
has assured Andhra Pradesh of all help from the Centre to
cope with the situation arising out of the massive floods in
the state.

The assurance was given to Chief Minister K Rosaiah who
spoke to him over phone last night.

"The Prime Minister assured all help from the Central
government," Rosaiah told reporters.

He told the Prime Minister that it is for the first time
in the history of Andhra Pradesh that so much flood water has
been gushing into and out of Srisailam dam.

Rosaiah also spoke to Home Minister P Chidambaram and
Defence Minister A K Antony and sought their help in
conducting relief and rescue operations.

The Chief Minster also spoke to Congress President Sonia
Gandhi on the flood situation.

"The Prime Minister assured all help from the Central
government," Rosaiah told reporters.

He told the Prime Minister that it is for the first time
in the history of Andhra Pradesh that so much flood water has
been gushing into and out of Srisailam dam.

Rosaiah also spoke to Home Minister P Chidambaram and
Defence Minister A K Antony and sought their help in
conducting relief and rescue operations.

The Chief Minster also spoke to Congress President Sonia
Gandhi on the flood situation.

Gandhi asked Chief Minister of neighbouring Maharashtra
Ashok Chavan to help Andhra Pradesh in relief and rescue
operations.

"She also told me that either she herself or the Prime
Minister would visit the state to see the flood situation,"
Rosaiah said.

"She told me to leave no stone unturned in providing
relief to flood-hit people and asked Congress workers to
assist the state government in this hour of need," the Chief
Minister said.

Three to four lakh food packets are being prepared by
the state government, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) and
NGOs to air-drop them for about 25,000 marooned people.
Drinking water, milk and baby food will also be
distributed.

Flood situation in Andhra improves

The flood situation in Kurnool
and Mahaboobnagar districts of Andhra Pradesh has improved
with water levels receding, Chief Minister K Rosaiah said
on Saturday.

"I have information from Kurnool district that water
levels have come down by two-three-feet; people are feeling
safe for now in Mahaboobnagar district also as water has come
down by a couple of feet," he told reporters here.

The situation would improve further if inflows from
upper reaches reduces, Rosaiah said.

Army and Airforce helicopters were yesterday pressed
into service to rescue 25,000 people marooned in the
worst-ever floods in Kurnool following heavy rains and release
of water from over-flowing dams.

The Andhra Chief Minister said he would ask his
Karnataka counterpart B S Yeddyurippa to hold back release of
water from the dams in the neighbouring state if their
capacity allowed.

The water level at Srisailam dam, in Kurnool district,
stood at 894 ft in the morning and is expected to come down
further as the day progresses, Rosaiah said.

He, however, cautioned that there is still need to
stay on alert and the government is taking all possible steps
to help the people.

The government has requisitioned the services of 126
boats for Kurnool district and also helicopters for carrying
out relief and rescue operations, he said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 10:44

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