Vijayawada

Quite a few families stay put on the road

A man carries his belongings as flood water entered houses on the edge of river Krishna in Vijayawada .

A man carries his belongings as flood water entered houses on the edge of river Krishna in Vijayawada .   | Photo Credit: V RAJU

‘Who will guard our belongings if we shift to relief centres?’

Racing against time, Shivaji grabs all essential items and steps out of his house which has been completely submerged following release of flood water from Prakasam Barrage.

“We have been taking out our belongings and keeping them on the road since last night. It was a laborious task but we managed to bring out everything,” says Shivaji, 63, a resident of Bhupesh Gupta Nagar colony in Krishnalanka.

With 70 gates of the barrage being lifted due to heavy inflows from the Pulichintala project, the officials alerted people living in low-lying areas and shifted hundreds of families to relief centres in Krishnalanka.

Over 700 persons have taken haven at these shelter camps in various areas in the city. However, close to 15 families living in Kala Nagar and Bhupesh Gupta Nagar have refused to shift to the relief camps citing congestion.

“We would rather stay here than go there because we are familiar with the people here. I do not want to imagine a situation where I am fighting for food and space to sleep. We cook on the road and sleep there as well. Last night, one family living nearby was kind enough to give us shelter,” says Padmavathi Devi.

Some refused to go to the camps fearing that their belongings might be stolen. “The Collector and various officials visited us a few times and told us to shift there but I cannot leave my belongings unguarded,” says Suryamma.

Air of optimism

Meanwhile, in Kala Nagar, close to 20 families have taken shelter in a local church and would stay there until the flood water recedes.

“We get food here. We will go back to our house by tomorrow by which time the situation is expected to improve,” says a relieved T. Mallikarjun Rao, a 65-year-old resident of Kala Nagar.

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