Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has asked Collectors of 11 flood-hit districts, including Kurnool, to immediately complete enumeration assessing the loss caused to crops and other private properties and ensure proper rehabilitation of the affected families by paying specified compensation. The other districts are Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda, Prakasam, Anantapur, Guntur, Krishna, Nizamabad, Ranga Reddy and East and West Godavari.

Kurnool worst hit

While reviewing the progress of rehabilitation and restoration works taken up in the affected districts, the Chief Minister found Kurnool district to be worst-hit, with over eight lakh acres of crops facing inundation.

Identifying heavy inflows to the Hundri and Kundu rivers as the cause of the Kurnool floods, the Chief Minister asked its Collector take up a clean-up project to ensure free flow of water in these two rivers.

As part of this, he asked them to clear all encroachments, including houses, on their banks but after payment of proper compensation.

Consultants soon

Speaking to mediapersons later, Revenue Minister D. Prasada Rao said consultants would be appointed to study the choking problem in the two rivers and suggest measures to overcome the difficulty. Disaster Management Commissioner Preeti Sudan said that the Kurnool Collector had drawn a sum of Rs 40 crore towards rehabilitation, while Rs 53 crore had been released to other districts.