Retired State Chief Election Commissioner A.V.S. Reddy on Monday exhorted the Kadapa district administration to formulate a comprehensive action plan to effectively tackle natural calamities and minimise damage.

He discussed with Collector Shashi Bhushan Kumar, Joint Collector M. Girijasankar and other officials on a guide to be prepared on action to be initiated during any unforeseen eventualities. In view of severe losses during floods and heavy rainfall, Mr. Reddy said he was holding meetings in all the 23 districts to prepare district-wise guides for the district administration on ways to mitigate the damage in the event of natural calamities.

Mr. A.V.S. Reddy recalled that 42 persons had lost their lives and there was huge property loss during the flashfloods to Buggavanka stream in Kadapa in 2001. Loss of lives and property were extensive due to floods in Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts last year. The gravest loss occurred in floods in Diviseema in 1977, he stated. After retirement, he was taking up the programme at his own expense.

Seeks feedback

Stating that he would prepare the first guide for Kadapa district, he inquired about the number of rivers and rivulets. He narrated 10 guidelines to be adhered to by officials in case of flooding. He wanted officials to send him feedback a week on some guidelines framed by him for the district.

The Collector said the draft guide prepared by Mr. Reddy would be useful to officials, as he did so after a thorough study and on the basis of his experiences. He distributed copies of the draft guide to officials at the meeting.

Kadapa Superintendent of Police B. Malla Reddy narrated his experiences during the floods in Kurnool district in 2007.

Joint Collector M. Girijasankar recalled the efforts put in by Kadapa district administration during the Kurnool floods in 2009. Transco SE Lakshminarayana and Rural Water Supply SE explained the steps taken during the flashfloods to Kundu river last year.

Kadapa District Revenue Officer V.H. Hemasagar, Panchayat Raj Superintending Engineer Rajendra Prasad, Irrigation Superintending Engineer Rampulla Reddy and district Fire Officer Jaganmohan Reddy also participated.