October 22, 2020, Bhubaneswar (Agencies): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced the contribution of Rs 5 crore for relief efforts in flood-hit Hyderabad and parts of Telangana. Odisha govt donates towards relief efforts.
“Hon CM Sri Naveen Patnaik announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore towards relief efforts post floods in Hyderabad/parts of Telangana as a gesture from people of Odisha,” tweeted chief secretary Asit Tripathy.
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About 70 people died due to heavy rains and flash floods in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana.
Torrential rains and flash floods in Hyderabad have affected over 37,000 families, a top civic official said.
The heavy rains and floods on October 13-14 and again on October 17 inundated many areas, affecting 37,400 families.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Lokesh Kumar said due to heavy rains on October 13, various localities were inundated and about 35,309 families were affected.
Another 2,100 families were evacuated to safer places on October 17.
In a preliminary estimate, the government pegged the losses at over Rs 5,000 crore caused due to rains and floods.
The engineering wing and Disaster Response Force (DRF) teams are pumping out water from the apartment cellars and inundated colonies. As 72 teams and 106 water pumps from the engineering and maintenance side and 170 monsoon teams with 202 water pumps are engaged in the activity.
In order to contain water-borne and vector-borne diseases, the entomology and DRF teams are taking up activities like anti-larva operations, and spraying of bleaching powder and sodium hypochlorite in the cellars and inundated areas.
Meanwhile, Director, Enforcement, Vigilance & Disaster Management, Viswajit Kampati personally supervised DRF rescue operations in Hafiz Baba Nagar in Chandrayangutta.
“DRF teams rescued over 500 citizens from this area alone and 2,500 citizens in the city and moved them to safety. We are striving to reach out to every citizen in need in the shortest time possible time,” he tweeted.