Bhadrachalam (Kothagudem): District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini on Wednesday said the river Godavari Flood Management Plan would be ready by first week of July.
He held a meeting with the district officials at Sub-Collector’s office at Bhadrachalam to discuss the preparatory measures needed in case of floods in Godavari this monsoon.
Discussions were held to identify possible areas that would be affected and submerged by floods, flood situation response plans, identify locations for setting up relief camps and procurement of material that should be provided at the relief shelters among other issues.
A review of past flood situations and the type of relief activities taken up was made and based on the previous experiences Godavari Flood Management Plan has been prepared. Proposals for use of helicopters for rescue operations have to be submitted, he told the officials.
Given the past experiences, the river is expected to receive floods in July and August, he said and directed the officials of concerned departments to begin the process of making plans accordingly.
The Collector told the officials to write letters to NDRF and the SCCL seeking to deploy their rescue teams during floods. Steamers, expert swimmers, medicines and equipment to remove the trees and electric poles uprooted have to be made available at the time of floods.
In order to prevent flood waters entering Bhadrachalam town, desilting of major drains has to be taken up and motor pumps should be kept ready to clear water logging. Similarly mobile medical teams have to be readied, Saini told the officials.
He wanted the village, mandal and district level officials to work in coordination with each other and regularly monitor flood situation with the help of Central Water Commission (CWC) officials.
Meetings in villages have to be conducted frequently to educate the villagers on how to respond to relief activities and reach safe places and relief shelter in the case of floods, Saini said.
ITDA PO VP Gautham, Joint Collector K Venkateswaralu, Sub-Collector Bhavesh Misra and other officials were present.