Amalapuram: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Monday said that encroachments along the Godavari bund would be removed like `Operation Kolleru' and asked encroachers to vacate the land immediately. Addressing mediamen after undertaking an aerial survey of flood-hit Konaseema on Monday evening, Dr. Reddy said that he asked the district administration to take up relief on a war footing.

Wary officials on complete guardRAJAHMUNDRY: Flood conservator Murali on Monday said that precautionary measures like keeping a large quantity of sand bags, bamboo sticks and organising daily labour and fishermen to swung into action if flood situation worsened had been taken. Earlier, a large number of people came to Pushkara Ghat to take a look at the swirling water at Sir Arthur Cotton bridge and also railway bridges.

Ponnala rushed to RajahmundryHYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Monday deputed Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah to Rajahmundry area to oversee relief measures. He had been asked to ensure a round-the-clock watch over irrigation projects in East and West Godavari districts. M.V.P.C. Sastry, senior IAS officer, who earlier served as East Godavari Collector, had been asked to camp at Rajahmundry till the floods recede.

Teachers want salary advanceHYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh State Teachers' Union has appealed to the Government to pay a month's salary advance to its employees and teachers from flood-affected districts as life has been paralysed following the heavy rain. P. Subba Reddy, president, and A. Lakshman, general secretary, on Monday pleaded with the Chief Minister to sanction the salary advance.

Expedite relief, says CPI(M)HYDERABAD: The CPI(M) has urged the Government to provide relief to flood-hit people on a war footing. B.V. Raghavulu, party secretary, in a letter to the Chief Minister demanded a special assistance for the families of those killed in landslides.