Hyderabad: The city has suffered more than Rs 730 crore losses due to heavy rains and flooding. More than 33 persons have lost their lives due to heavy rains in GHMC limits, while three persons are still missing.
Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao (KTR) said the state government has spent over Rs.60 crore on relief and rescue measures. Another Rs.670 crore will be spent in coming days, he said
The minister said ex gratia of Rs.5 lakh each has been presented to 29 families and four of them are in the process. Three persons are still missing, he said.
He stated that about 80 colonies across GHMC limits are still inundated. "Since more rains are expected during the next three days, all other operations and services have been suspended in GHMC. Our priority will be evacuating as many people from low lying areas to relief camps,” he said.
The minister noted that about 920 transformers have been restored until now across the city. “Due to waterlogging in some areas of Charminar and LB Nagar, the power supply has been halted. Power will be restored once the water is drained out,” he said.
The minister appealed to all residents in low lying areas to shift to relief camps immediately. He stated that the government has made all the arrangements at the relief camps.
He said people are being evacuated from dilapidated buildings as a precautionary measure. KTR said each Chief Minister's Relief Kit consist of provisions, essential commodities, and three blankets. Each kit costs about Rs. 2800 and is sufficient for a month.
With more heavy rains predicted for the next three days, KTR said about 100 special officers have been deployed in GHMC and neighboring municipalities for taking up rescue and relief measures. These officials will be monitoring the relief measures for the next 15 days.
The minister said Telangana Government has already submitted a report with a preliminary estimate of loss suffered due to heavy rains in GHMC and across the State to the Centre.
On October 15, a detailed report was submitted seeking Rs.1350 crore under preliminary and immediate support and there is no response from the Centre yet, he said.
KTR expressed gratitude to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami for extending Rs.10 crore financial aid, besides supplying blankets to Telangana.
The minister said this year so far the rainfall in the city was recorded at 120 cm against the average annual rainfall of 78 cm.
Since two more months are left, the minister said this year the annual rainfall is expected to be the highest in Hyderabad’s history.