Hyderabad, Oct 3 :
The former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, on Saturday demanded the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre to declare the current floods in the State as a natural calamity. The people in the State in general and in the three districts of Mahboobnagar, Kurnool and Krishna in particular, are undergoing untold miseries due to the heavy floods. “Perhaps the three districts have witnessed worst ever flood situation in the past century. The damage caused to both human life and property is enormous,” he said.
Lakhs of people have been rendered homeless and crop worth cores of rupees has suffered damage due to the flood, he said adding that people in these areas are undergoing a trying time as relief is not forthcoming. “Probably, no other area in the country in the recent past has experienced such a huge flood damage,” he stated.
He wanted the State Government to take up immediate relief works and supply food packets and water to the affected people. Mr Naidu wanted the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), officials and voluntary bodies to take part in the relief and rescue works.
Apprehending breaking out of communicable diseases, the TDP president wanted the State Government to take necessary preventive measures. “The Medical and Health Department officials should rise to the occasion and take up urgent measures to prevent breaking out of diseases,” he added.
Mr Chandrababu Naidu said that the steps taken by the State Government are not enough to meet the grave flood situation. “The TDP activists in all parts of the State have been told to come to the immediate rescue of the affected. Besides, we are also offering some monetary relief to those who lost everything in the raging flood,” he noted. He called upon philanthropists to come forward and donate liberally fro the flood affected.