Directing the officials to maintain transparency in enumerating losses in the recent heavy rain in the district, District Collector V. Seshadri told them to involve the villagers in the process and also publish the list in the gram panchayat. He directed the district officers and special officers to make surprise checks on the enumerating process at the panchayat-level, according to a statement issued here by the District Collector.

The district administration has started distribution of relief to 62,000 families affected by the recent rain and floods and so far 50,000 families have already been given 20 kg rice and 5 litres of kerosene and the balance 12,000 families will be covered by Friday evening.

The Collector has ordered the officials to distribute 10 kg rice to each family of fisherfolk across the district as their livelihood has been affected. The Medical and Health Department has deployed 65 doctors and 180 paramedical staff to tour the district. So far 65 medical camps have been set up and 9,000 persons screened. All ‘Asha’ workers have been given medical kits to go to villages.

The municipalities and gram panchayats have been directed to give top priority to cleaning up of garbage and ensuring public hygiene and special teams have been deployed for the purpose. Water in all the sources of drinking water is being tested for contamination.

Chlorination is being taken up at all possible water tanks to ensure potable water. The Collector advised people to boil water and drink it to prevent spread of any communicable diseases.

The Animal Husbandry Department has deployed 55 veterinarians and is conducting 28 medical camps across the district and 3,000 animals have been treated. In some villages, Visakha Dairy is supplying fodder for the milch animals, he said.

Across the district 10,000 birds have died, according to preliminary estimates.

Power restoration

Power has been restored to 68 of the 69 villages that have been cut off due to the rain. Sarugudu village in Munagabaka mandal is still under water and power will be restored after the water recedes. As the Chuchikonda sub-station is still under water, power is being supplied to the areas under its jurisdiction from Narsipatnam.

Of the 244 water supply schemes that have been damaged, the administration has been able to restore 160, the balance will be repaired soon. In the areas where the schemes are not working, water is being supplied through tankers.

Repairs have been taken up on a war-footing to restore the 600 km of damaged roads in the district. Irrigation teams are working on repairing all the breaches to tanks in the district.