MLAs question quality of food airdropped in flood-hit areas

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SUCCOUR, AT LAST: Food packets being airdropped at Velerpadu mandal in Khammam district on Monday.
SUCCOUR, AT LAST: Food packets being airdropped at Velerpadu mandal in Khammam district on Monday.

Staff Reporter

YSR asks officials to ensure quality aid to those evacuated

  • Collector allays fears over quality of food
  • Aerial survey undertaken to assess damage in two mandals
  • 1,500 people shifted to relief camps

    BHADRACHALAM: Some 75,000 food packets were airdropped by helicopters covering the 167 relief camps being run by the administration in the flood hit-Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions of Khammam on Monday. Milk packets and drinking water sachets were also delivered along with the food packets in a big way.

    However, the quality of the food being served to the flood-affected people was questioned by some elected representatives during the Chief Minister's visit to the relief camps in the town. While assuring them of relief operations on a full scale, he wanted the officials to ensure quality relief to all those evacuated to the relief camps.

    Fears allayed

    "No one will blame the administration if the food packets were falling short in the dietary standards or taste. But the food should be fit for consumption. The people biding their time in the relief camps are more vulnerable to epidemics," said Khammam MLA Thammineni Veerabhadram and Bhadrachalam MLA Sunnam Rajaiah.

    Dispelling their fears, Collector Sashibushan Kumar assured them that the food packets which were distributed were fresh and of good quality.

    Food packets damaged

    Some 10,000 food packets were distributed on Saturday and 50,000 on Sunday. But about 35 per cent of the food packets got damaged as they were dropped from the helicopters. Besides two IAF helicopters, the 12 affected mandals were provided with 12 rescue launches. A few of them ran out of fuel adding to the travails.

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