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Updated: October 5, 2009 19:55 IST

Relief for flood victims pours in

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Relief material being packed and loaded at the police headquaters in Hyderabad on Sunday, to be dispatched to flood affected areas. Photo:G. Krishnaswamy
The Hindu Relief material being packed and loaded at the police headquaters in Hyderabad on Sunday, to be dispatched to flood affected areas. Photo:G. Krishnaswamy

The AP Government Doctors’ Association on Sunday announced donation of the members’ one day’s basic salary, amounting to Rs.60 lakh, to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the benefit of flood victims. P. Srinivas, president, said the doctors would work to their utmost capacity to take care of the affected persons and run medical camps.

The Apollo Hospitals is sending medicines worth Rs.25 lakh to the affected areas. Its four teams are working in Mahabubnagar district. One team is carrying medicines worth Rs.5 lakh and will be in the district for a week. Additional teams are ready to go to Kurnool.

Activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, AP Paschim, is running 15 relief camps in Kurnool and nine in Mahabubnagar districts.

They saved 50 persons from flood waters and distributed more than 1.5 lakh food/water packets, biscuits and clothes. The VHP is sending 25 quintals of rice and clothes for 5,000 persons in Mahabubnagar.

The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL ) has deployed 33 doctors for providing relief in Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts. It has sent 76 staff for taking up rescue.

Drinking water

Heritage Foods, managed by Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s family, has distributed thousands of drinking water sachets in Kurnool, Mahabubnagar and Krishna districts to the flood-affected persons.

Scientists of the Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University are guiding farmers in the areas affected by Krishna and Tungabhadra floods, in coordination with the Agriculture department staff. They are examining damaged crops and advising farmers on steps to minimise the loss.M.V. Foundation is collecting food/clothes in Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda, Adilabad, Hyderabad and Khammam districts. Families of several policemen in twin cities dispatched six loads of relief material to the flood-hit areas in Mahbubnagar district on Sunday.

Four loads of clothes and blankets and two loads of food items, including 9,500 packed food items, 6,500 baked food sachets, 1,600 litres of mineral water and 10 quintals of rice were sent to help the villagers.

DCP (CAR Headquarters) E. Damodar said efforts were on to sent two more loads of relief material to Mahbubnagar on Monday. “We are unable to send material to Kurnool district as road connectivity was cut-off due to floods,” he said. The Agarwal Samaj has also come forward to help the people in flood-affected areas. “We have requested them to provide more blankets, bread and biscuits,” he said.

Helpline

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) will distribute relief material to flood victims when its MLAs visit Mahabubnagar on Monday with the stock that the party has collected from various sources.

TRS legislature party leader Eatala Rajender and another MLA T. Harish Rao told a press conference on Sunday that it was also decided to hold a health camp in Mahabubnagar as the post-flood period was vulnerable to spread of viral fevers.

The party has set up a round-the-clock help-line with phone numbers 9949411222 and 9490201066.

The TRS MLAs would contribute a month’s salary to procure additional relief material for distribution.

The party had already collected 20,000 bed sheets, clothes, bread and biscuit packets.

They criticised the tardy progress in relief by the Government but did not wish to make it an issue as this was not the time to indulge in it. They demanded a high level inquiry into the delay in discharge of water from Srisailam project and the closure of crest gates after they had been opened earlier.

They alleged that the gates were not opened until the full reservoir level was reached. This was in spite of the Central Water Commission (CWC) forewarning the State government about the likelihood of floods.

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