Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has asked the official machinery to be on high alert to ensure that tanks and lakes in Hyderabad city are not breached due to heavy rains and flash floods.

He asked the officials to form at least 15 special teams to be formed to examine the tanks in the city from time to time and take the necessary measures to prevent any untoward incident.

The CM also spoke to Principal Secretary of Water Resources department Rajat Kumar and gave slew of directions.

“Hyderabad received heavy rains which were unprecedented in the last hundred years. This has resulted in heavy floodwater inflows. Besides the floodwater in the city, water from the tanks in surrounding areas also entered the city. All the tanks are overflowing with water. The Met department forecast says there are chances of more heavy rains. Against this backdrop, the entire official machinery should be on a high alert," he said.

KCR said since the tanks in city have water to their capacity and there is every likelihood of bteaches. "Hence, at least 15 special teams with water Resources department officials and staff should be formed. They should examine each and every tank and lake in the city. Identify the tanks that may breach and take precautionary measures. Whenever tanks are breached repair them. Alert people in the low lying areas and those living in vulnerable places. Shift people from these areas to safer places,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rajendra Nagar Revenue Divisional Officer K Chandrakala has asked slum dwellers to remain alert as Osman Sagar flood gates will be opened at any time.

Chandrakala asked the authorities to take precautionary measures and aware people living downstream colonies and slums about the sensitivity of the situation. The water level of the Musi river has reached an alarming level.

The revenue officer asked the authorities to evacuate families living in low lying areas to safe locations

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