Hyderabad: Promising help and extending assistance in different forms wherever required, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday spent the fourth consecutive day among the people affected by the floods in the city.
Wading through knee-deep water in several of the rain-affected areas, talking, assuring and infusing confidence among the residents, the Minister began the day with a visit to Rajendranagar, where he spent quite some time talking to the people, enquiring about their situation and also presented ex gratia cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to the families who lost their dear ones in the heavy rains earlier this week.
“The loss of life due to the heavy rains is very unfortunate. The government has been taking all measures to avoid flooding of colonies and to ensure such incidents do not recur,” Rao told those who raised complaints about their homes being flooded.
Later, he inspected the APPA cheruvu at Gagan Pahad and took stock of the situation. Officials informed the Minister that the lake bund was breached resulting in inundation of the neighouring areas.
After inspection of the lake, Rao directed Revenue officials to clear all obstructions and structures in the lake’s full tank level area and ensure free flow of water. He also wanted the officials to take up lake restoration works in association with the Irrigation department.
Even as the water levels are receding, the government is continuing relief measures in different areas. Distribution of ration kits, medicine, blankets and other essential commodities that began the day after the heavy rains on Tuesday is still being continued wherever necessary.
The Minister specifically directed the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to take up extensive sanitation and fogging activities in the rain-affected areas. He instructed officials to ensure there was no spread of any communicable or water-borne diseases.
Instructions were also issued to the officials to organise medical camps in all the rain-affected areas and extend necessary medical treatment to the residents.
Later, accompanied by Labour Minister Malla Reddy, Rama Rao visited colonies near the Medipally Cheruvu and Pochamma Kunta in Peerzadiguda. The Ministers, interacting with the residents, assured them that the flooding issues would be resolved at the earliest and that the government would provide all required amenities, including food, drinking water, medicines, blankets and shelter wherever required.
MPs Asaduddin Owaisi and Ranjith Reddy, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, MLA Prakash Goud and others accompanied Rama Rao.
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