Hyderabad, Oct 1 :
The Chief Minister, K Rosaiah, on Thursday directed the officials to launch relief and rescue operations in the flood-hit areas of Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts on a war-footing, assuring that the dearth of funds would not be allowed to hamper their efforts. Reviewing the floods caused by incessant rains during last two days with the officials concerned at the Secretariat, the Chief Minister asked the administrative machinery of the concerned districts to keep round-the-clock vigil and provide prompt relief to the affected people.
Directing the officials to relocate people to the safer places, the chief minister asked the officials of Revenue and Police departments to be vigilant and provide necessary medicines and relief material to people in marooned areas to contain water-borne diseases.
He said that the administration would take up a thorough enumeration of the flood losses in a day or two and it would take care of the families, whose houses were damaged in the floods. Those in need of shelter would be provided with new houses, he added.
He said rains and floods caused severe damage to cotton and paddy crops. The farmers affected badly would be given inputs subsidy along with necessary support for reviving their agriculture. He said the roads of the municipalities, panchayati raj, department and roads and buildings department and in some municipalities were badly damaged.
The officials told the chief minister that 21 rehabilitation centres were set up for flood-affected areas in Kurnool district. They said that 11,500 people were shifted to the safer places from low-lying areas in Kurnool.