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KHAMMAM: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced Rs 1,000 crore for the construction of houses for people living on the banks of the Godavari who face frequent flooding problems in Bhadrachalam and Pinapaka divisions.

About 1,500 to 2,000 families are affected by floods each year, he said. “I will come to Bhadrachalam and inaugurate your settlement,” Rao told flood-affected people during his visit to the temple town and other flood-affected areas on Sunday.

Apart from a residential settlement, a retaining wall around the Bhadrachalam temple would be built and repairs would be carried out up to the embankment on the Burgampadu side. Before interacting with the flood victims, the chief minister performed shanti puja to the river goddess on the bridge.

Speaking to the media later in the meeting room of the ITDA office, the Chief Minister announced an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 to each family affected by the floods. He also said that 20 kg of rice per flood-affected family would be distributed free of charge for the next two months.

Rao, who spent Saturday night in Warangal, reached Bhadrachalam by road, traveling by car through flooded areas and crossing several small bridges still overflowing with rainwater. Later, he conducted an aerial survey from Bhadrachalam to Eturunagaram where he interacted with flood victims. He performed Godavari pujas in both Bhadrachalam and Eturunagaram.

The Chief Minister inquired about the relief camp facilities for those affected by the floods. “We took every precaution. By the grace of God, there is no human loss this time,” he said.

“This year’s floods are unexpected. It is very moving that people are suffering a lot every year,” Rao said, adding that flood waters were reaching some settlements even though the water level touched 50ft at Bhadrachalam.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao reassures residents of Bhadrachalam who have been affected by recent floods on Sunday. (Picture | EPS)

The Prime Minister assured that a permanent solution to the problem would be found. “We did not expect such a volume of water to reach the Kadam project. The flood flow was 5 lakh cusecs while the capacity is only 3 lakh cusecs. Thanks to the grace of God, we came out relatively unscathed,” Rao said.

He said a study would soon be conducted with professors from IIT, Central Water Commission and state government officials to find a permanent solution to protect Bhadrachalam and other villages. “After the report is released, permanent measures would be taken,” Rao said.

He asked Collector D Anudeep and other officials to measure the contour levels of Bhadrachalam for the study. All CM officials should remain on high alert as the threat of flooding has not completely disappeared as more rains are forecast through the end of July.

He ordered the District Collector to allow flood victims to stay in shelters longer and not send them home despite the flood waters receding. “Make sure they have all the facilities,” Rao said. He also asked IGY Nagi Reddy to stay in town for the next two days.

The CM praised finance, police and military personnel for ensuring there was no loss of life. Responding to a question about the Andhra Pradesh government not constructing the flood bank in Yetapaka village which poses a threat to Bhadrachalam, the CM said, “We will discuss this with the government of the PA and solve the problem because the PA is not in Pakistan”.

KHAMMAM: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced Rs 1,000 crore for the construction of houses for people living on the banks of the Godavari who face frequent flooding problems in Bhadrachalam and Pinapaka divisions. About 1,500 to 2,000 families are affected by floods each year, he said. “I will come to Bhadrachalam and inaugurate your settlement,” Rao told flood-affected people during his visit to the temple town and other flood-affected areas on Sunday. Apart from a residential settlement, a retaining wall around the Bhadrachalam temple would be built and repairs would be carried out up to the embankment on the Burgampadu side. Before interacting with the flood victims, the chief minister performed shanti puja to the river goddess on the bridge. Speaking to the media later in the meeting room of the ITDA office, the Chief Minister announced an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 to each family affected by the floods. He also said that 20 kg of rice per flood-affected family would be distributed free of charge for the next two months. Rao, who spent Saturday night in Warangal, reached Bhadrachalam by road, traveling by car through flooded areas and crossing several small bridges still overflowing with rainwater. Later, he conducted an aerial survey from Bhadrachalam to Eturunagaram where he interacted with flood victims. He performed Godavari pujas in both Bhadrachalam and Eturunagaram. The Chief Minister inquired about the relief camp facilities for those affected by the floods. “We took every precaution. By the grace of God, there is no human loss this time,” he said. “This year’s floods are unexpected. It is very moving that people are suffering a lot every year,” Rao said, adding that flood waters were reaching some settlements even though the water level touched 50ft at Bhadrachalam. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao reassures residents of Bhadrachalam who have been affected by recent floods on Sunday. (Photo | EPS) The Prime Minister assured that a permanent solution to the problem would be found. “We did not expect such a volume of water to reach the Kadam project. The flood flow was 5 lakh cusecs while the capacity is only 3 lakh cusecs. Thanks to the grace of God, we came out relatively unscathed,” Rao said. He said a study would soon be conducted with professors from IIT, Central Water Commission and state government officials to find a permanent solution to protect Bhadrachalam and other villages. “After the report is released, permanent measures would be taken,” Rao said. He asked Collector D Anudeep and other officials to measure the contour levels of Bhadrachalam for the study. All CM officials should remain on high alert as the threat of flooding has not completely disappeared as more rains are forecast until the end of July. He ordered the District Collector to allow flood victims to stay in shelters longer and not send them home despite the flood waters receding. “Make sure they have all the facilities,” Rao said. He also asked IGY Nagi Reddy to stay in town for the next two days. The CM praised finance, police and military personnel for ensuring there was no loss of life. Responding to a question about the Andhra Pradesh government not constructing the flood bank in Yetapaka village which poses a threat to Bhadrachalam, the CM said, “We will discuss this with the government of the PA and solve the problem because the PA is not in Pakistan”.