Staff Reporter

Undertakes aerial survey of flood-hit areas

  • Crops damaged in over 50,000 acres
  • Traffic on NH 7 paralysed
  • Road connecting Adilabad to Maharashtra from Mandvi side closed

    ADILABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday promised compensation to the farmers who have lost their crops in floods during the last three days and to those who lost their houses. He addressed villagers at Jainad mandal headquarters after making an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Koutala, Bejjur, Sirpur (T), Bela and Jainad mandals. Quoting official figures, he said crop was damaged in over 50,000 acres and over 1,300 houses were also damaged completely. Compensation would be given as per existing scales, he added.

    Meanwhile, the water level in Penganga river at Andhra Pradesh-Maharashtra border abated during the day by a few feet. There were reports of water level in Penganga rising again in the wee hours of Wednesday, considering the flow of one lakh cusecs released from the three dams on the Penganga in Maharashtra.

    Relief camps

    Asifabad Sub-Collector Bhaskar Katamneni said 400 people were evacuated from Venkatapur village to Sirpur (T) mandal headquarter even though flood level was decreasing. Relief camps were organised for evacuees at the local school and other Government buildings, he added.

    Traffic on the NH 7 remained paralysed though the water level had receded. Traffic is likely to resume only sometime Wednesday, when experts are expected to certify the Penganga bridge fit to be used for heavy vehicular traffic. The road connecting Adilabad to Maharashtra from the Mandvi side was also closed because of the river flooding the high-level bridge near Unkeshwar. The road from Bela mandal to Gadh Chandur in Maharashtra too was blocked by a local stream.

    The road link between Adilabad and Karimnagar from Luxettipet side was still cut off due to Godavari overflowing the Rayapatnam bridge. However, from Mancherial, Godavarikhani in Karimnagar could be accessed as the Tollavagu diversion road was repaired.