Warangal: Govt failed in providing flood relief, says Governor

On a visit to Warangal on Wednesday morning, Governor, along with her team, visited the people and places which were underwater for three days

By KANIZA GARARI  Published on  2 Aug 2023 9:40 AM GMT
Warangal: Govt failed in providing flood relief, says Governor

Hyderabad: Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan pulled up the Telangana government for failing to provide basic flood relief measures to people in Warangal district.

The district areas are still reeling under flood waters, with people complaining of lack of drinking water and food to the Governor.

On a visit to Warangal on Wednesday morning, the Governor, along with her team, visited the people and places that were underwater for three days.

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan says, "I have come here for people. I got calls from this region. I request the people's representatives to come here and help people."

In a conversation with media at NIT Warangal, she said, "Why was the bund not created? It would have saved the people and water from entering their homes. Why was the bridge not maintained? There have been discussions over the last three years about why did it not materialize. There have been transfers of commissioners, but work has not happened."

Encroachment complaints

People who met the Governor complained that there had been encroachment due to which the water spread all around.

Water channels have constructions, and those blockages led to the spread of water around.

No drinking water

People complained to the Governor that there had been no relief from the Telangana government. Many homes complained that they had no drinking water.

Called by people

"People have been calling me. I have come here as they reached out to me for help. I have no other intention. People's representatives and government must provide relief to people."

"I have been told that there were people trying to stop my convoy from visiting these people. I am pained by the plight of people and have come here to help them. I co ducted a meeting with volunteers of the Red Cross Society who are also trying their best to help. But whatever we do will be little, the government must come here and can do much more," she said

Telangana floods

Torrential rains that pounded the state for the last few weeks have claimed many lives. The heavy rains during the past week led to the inundation of low-lying areas and damage to agricultural fields at several places in the state.

Many colonies in Warrangal and Hanumakonda were affected by the floods, and the residents were relocated to safer areas. Waterlogging continued in parts of Warangal despite rainfall subsiding. Many videos of people affected by floods in Warrangal went viral on social media.

With the help of respective district administrations, around 19,000 people have been shifted to safer places in many districts. In Mulugu district, 12 members of a remote village were swept away in flood waters when they were moving towards a safer place last week, but four of them managed to save themselves.

Several districts in the state, notably in North Telangana, have been inundated by rain. The worst affected area is Moranchapalli village in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district which has been completely marooned due to flash floods, submerging the whole village.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed the finance department to release immediate assistance of Rs 500 crore to carry out immediate repairs to roads, tanks, and others damaged due to the recent heavy rains. With more than 40 people lost their lives in the recent rains, the government has decided to extend ex-gratia to their kin after collecting their details.

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