Flood situation in AP improves; PM assures help
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 03, 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 03, 2009, 10:44


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