Floods play havoc in Hyderabad, Guntur
- Heavy rains feared for two more days
- Illegal occupations spell doom
Hyderabad: The effect of depression in the Bay of Bengal and the cumulonimbus clouds hovering on Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh have brought life in many parts of the two States to a standstill. Schools and colleges remained closed. More than ten persons lost their lives in the floods. There was heavy downpour in Medak, Nalgonda, Karimnagar and Warangal districts in Telangana and Guntur in Costal Andhra. There was 18 mm rainfall in Warangal district.
TS Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao was speaking to officials from Delhi for the last two days. He returned to Hyderabad on Friday evening. Army has been pressed into service. Meteorologists forecast heavy rains for two more days.
TS Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao supervised the release of water from overflowing irrigation projects. All the major projects are filled to the brim. Jurala project had an inflow of 85,000 cusec and the outflow was 41,000 cusec. Srisailam reservoir had 164 tmc of water after receiving 40,000 cusec. SRSP has got 54,000 cusec and Singoor 74,000 cusec. In one day more than three thousand tanks had overflown.
At Mubarakpur village in Medak district a mother and her daughter died due to collapse of wall. One young man was washed away in floods at Sadasivapeta while a father died trying to save his son who fell in Kolcharam canal. Minister Harish Rao has toured Medak district assuring the affected people of help. He promised compensation for the crops lost due to heavy rains. At least one hundred houses collapsed due to floods in Nalgonda district. A 14 year old student Sai Kumar washed away in Seshiketi canal. Karimnagar received 34.5 mm of rain in 24 hours. Ellampally project in Karimnagar had received unprecedented flood water. A shepherd was killed at Saidapur at sayampet in Warangal district one old person was injured when his house collapsed. At Tandur in Eanga Reddy district a two year old boy died when he fell in a drainage.
Guntur grim; boy fights back
The situation in Guntur district had deteriorated further on Friday. Seven people lost their lives in the district on Thursday due to floods. 8-year old boy was washed away by flood water in Nujerla mandal. Flash floods created havoc in the district. A 14-year old boy, Venkateswarlu, was dazed in seeing his father, mother and sister being hit by floods at Ganganapalem lift irrigation site. Venkateswarlu, however, managed to cling to s palm tree. The people of Amin Saheb Palem alerted the officials. The police and NDRF personnel tried to rescue the boy. They failed because of constant flow of heavy flood water. The villagers and the boy’s uncle Pullaiah told the boy not to leave the palm tree. The helicopter sent by district collector was not of any help. When water started receding on Thursday evening the villagers got the boy out of the flood water with the help of a rope. The whereabouts of his family members is not known till Friday evening.
Although heavy downpour has ceased on Friday morning in Hyderabad, the intensity of floods has increased making the lives of the citizens miserable. The low-lying areas in the city are still reeling under flood with water flowing more than ten feet over the roads.
A pregnant woman was caught in floods when the auto carrying her got stranded. The people present there rescued the hapless woman and brought her out of the floods. The scenes of the old and the infirm struggling to survive the fury of the floods are truly moving. With rains for the fourth day in a row the citizens are helping one another to combat the situation.
The problem is acute because of illegal occupation of nalas and building of apartments in the bed of the tanks. This dangerous and illegal practice had been going on for decades with active connivance of the corrupt politicians and municipal and revenue officials.
The Nizampet Bandari layout is full of water for three days. Water clogged in the first floor of the apartments. They have permission to build ground plus two floors but they built six floors. The residents living in the apartments had fled the place to live with their relatives and friends in the city. Same is the case in Uppal where water got stagnated several frets above the roads.
Thirty acres of land in Durgam Cheruvu bed area was illegally occupied by friends and relatives of politicians and officials. K Taraka Rama Rao, Minister for Municipal Administration, visited various places affected by floods on Thursday and Friday. He has been working day and night to arrange relief and rehabilitation. He announced the formation of a committee to study the cases of illegal occupation of lands and construction of buildings and apartments defying rules. The committee would submit a report by October 5.