The opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu has been critical of the Chief Minister’s flood mitigation measures. During the floods last year, Mr Naidu criticised Jagan Mohan Reddy administration for its failure in providing relief measures.
Massive floods of the rivers Krishna and Godavari inundated several villages and damaged crops in thousands of acres in Krishna, Guntur, West Godavari, and East Godavari Districts. Incessant rains have been occurring for the last four days, under the influence of low-pressure, damaged crops in thousands of acres.
It is estimated that more than 20,000 people in 87 villages under 32 mandals in Krishna and Guntur district were affected so far. In the two districts, 24 villages were completely inundated by the flood. According to the State Disaster Management Authority, a total of 4,352 houses in the two districts remained marooned, the death toll rose to two on Monday viz 17/08/2020. Agriculture crops in 5,311 hectares and horticulture crops in 1,400 hectares remained submerged in these districts. The total damage costs are unknown, and the GoAP has instructed the district officials to estimate the damages within ten days.
As a precautionary measure, the Electricity board has cut power in the flood-prone areas. The floods have halted the daily routine and livelihood for thousands of people. The flooding on the Krishna River adversely affected the Vijayawada city and surrounding regions. Kolkata-Chennai national highway was severely affected due to the regulation of vehicles movement of Kanakadurga Varadhi, the bridge parallel to Prakasham barrage. Water is flowing on the road at Kanchikacherla and Chandarla on Kolkata – Hyderabad national highway. Pavitra Sangamam at Ibrahimpatnam is receiving massive inflows. Officials see the possibility of highway inundation. At least 10,000 people were still stranded in the low-lying areas are awaiting the GoAP to rescue them.
The flood flow on the Godavari came down today. On Monday, Godavari flood flow crossed twenty lakh cusecs mark. Over 200 villages were inundated affecting East and West Godavari districts. The Lanka villages (island villages) of Konaseema are worse hit with floods. Andhra Pradesh with 1037 KM of coastal line, is the State with second longest in India. Over 35 big and small rivers flow through the State, making it vulnerable for after monsoon floods.
The Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy took an aerial survey of the region and announced Rs. 2000 flood relief for each affected household. CM has held a meeting with Guntur, Krishna, East & West Godavari collectors and instructed them to set-up relief works in flood-affected areas. CM has also told the district administrations to distribute the relief material, shift the stranded people to a safer place, provide medical facilities, and fodder to the cattle. Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan also monitored the flood situation through another aerial survey.
The opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu has been critical of the Chief Minister’s flood mitigation measures. During the floods last year, Mr Naidu criticised Jagan Mohan Reddy administration for its failure in providing relief measures. In comparison with 2019, the flood situation in the State seems an uphill task for the Government. Mr Naidu has set a bar so high with his record in disaster management that, it is not going to be easy for Jagan Mohan Reddy to emulate his predecessor.