Hyderabad, Oct 3 :
Even as the toll has risen to 30, the Flood situation in Andhra Pradesh was a shade better than what it was on Friday. According to reports from different corners reaching here on Saturday there is a slight let up in the rains in the Flood affected districts of Kurnool and Mahboobnagar allowing the things not to deteriorate further.
The rescue and relief operations which are being carried out on a war-footing have brought a ray of hope and confidence among the people in these Flood hit areas. With water receding from many areas of Kurnool town the people of Kurnool heaved a sigh of relief. The pilgrim town of Mantralayam also had some respite from the Flood waters as the level of water in the raging Tungabhadra showed signs of receding. Still both the towns are not yet out of danger as more rains are predicted according to the meteorological department.
The situation in Srisailam dam is still alarming. The water level at the dam is now at a record high of 896 feet against its capacity of 885 feet. According to the officials at the dam site, the inflow which was 22 lakh cusecs on Friday has come down to 15 lakh Cusecs bringing some relief on the gloomy faces of the officials. All the twelve crest gates at the dam have been lifted Flood water is being released down to Nagarjuna Sagar and Prakasham barrage.
The Flood waters gushing out from the crest gates of Srisailam dam had damaged the high way between Srisailam and Hyderabad thus disrupting the traffic. The Flood waters had already disrupted the Kurnool- Hyderabad highway on Friday itself. The situation in Mahboobnagar is slightly improving with most of the rivers and rivulets in the district started receding. Efforts are on to rescue about 2,000 people in 84 worst affected villages in Izah, and Vaddepally mandals of Mahboobnagar district.
On the other hand, the rescue and relief operations which began on Saturday are in full swing. Disaster Management Commissioner Dinesh Kumar said 15 helicopters were pressed into service and 550 army personnel are carrying out rescue and relief operations with cooperation from the local authorities. About 2,00,00 lakh water and food packets are being airdropped to the marooned victims in the Flood-hit areas. In view of release of mass quantities of water from Nagarjuna Sagar about 1.5 lakh people are proposed to be evacuated in Vijayawada region, he added.
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, who stayed all through Friday night at the state secretariat along with several ministers and top officials to monitor the situation, told the media on Saturday that the rescue and relief operations would be taken up on a massive scale. About the causalities he said no definite figure could be reached so far because most of the areas have been cut off.
According to the officials sources 30 people died during the last three days of heavy rain under the influence of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal. The figure could rise sharply as hundreds of people are still reported missing in about 100 villages in the worst-hit Kurnool and Mahboobnagar districts.The worst Floods in the region in 100 years have left a trail of destruction, rendering over 200,000 shelterless in Kurnool, Mahboobnagar, Guntur and Krishna districts and damaging standing crops over a vast area. Added to their woes is the disruption in the power supply which left them completely in the dark on Friday night.