19,000 still in relief camps in flood-hit Andhra districts

Amaravati, Aug 5 (IANS) Nearly 19,000 people in Andhra Pradesh's flood-hit districts of East and West Godavari remained in relief camps on Monday while authorities continued relief operations.

Officials said the flood situation was under control though the first level warning in Godavari river continued in the upstream Telangana state.

The water level in the river at Kaleswaram in Telangana is already above the first level warning while it continued rising at Bhadrachalam, also in Telangana.

Heavy downpour in the catchment area of Godavari basin and incessant rains in East and West Godavari districts from July 31 triggered the floods.

According to Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA), 420 villages in the two districts were affected. Over 1.1 lakh people were hit by the floods and nearly 19,000 were evacuated.

While 18,809 people shifted to 85 relief camps in East Godavari district, 133 people were given shelter in two relief camps in West Godavari district.

Authorities continued distribution of food and water packets in the relief camps. Essential commodities like rice, kerosene, red gram and palm oil are being distributed in flood-affected villages.

Though there was no loss of life, 16 villages were submerged and transportation to 109 villages was cut. Officials said 17 houses were damaged.

Over 300 personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NRDF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were participating in the rescue and relief operations.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday reviewed the flood situation. Soon after his return from four-day visit to Israel, he held a meeting with top officials and directed all necessary assistance be provided to the flood-hit. He said there should be no delay in distribution of essential commodities.

Officials informed him that the situation would return to normal in three days.

--IANS

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