Headlines August 17, 2020
Telangana rains – Areas in Hyderabad flooded
High alert has been declared in many parts of Telangana. Several areas in Hyderabad and rural areas have been flooded with non-stop rains over the last three days. The weather office has predicted more rains in the next three days. Over 600 buildings have been declared vulnerable in Hyderabad.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has asked officials to be on high alert for any incidents of flooding.
Lakes are almost overflowing and in many areas helicopters have been deployed to rescue people. Twelve farmers from Kundanpally village were rescued by a helicopter. The National Disaster Response Force have deployed teams for rescue and relief.
Two control rooms are being set up in Hyderabad. Two choppers have also been deployed for rescue operations. The state disaster response force has been put on alert.
The Chief Minister reviewed the rain and flood situation at the Pragathi Bhavan and spoke with the Chief Secretary, the Director-General of Police and the Ministers, and ordered the setting up of two control rooms in Hyderabad. He also instructed Ministers to coordinate with the Collectors and police officials on a regular basis. – Chief Minister’s Office
Officials say that over 1,000 people have been moved to safer locations.
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