Hyderabad, Oct. 21 : Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday directed the water resources department to constitute 15 teams to monitor tanks which were filled by floodwaters and take precautionary measures against breaches.
While speaking with Principal Secretary, Water Resources, Rajat Kumar and other officers, Chief Minister Rao told them to ensure that special teams examine tanks in the city from time to time and take necessary measures to prevent any untoward incident. Rao has asked the official machinery to be on high alert to ensure that tanks and lakes in Hyderabad are not breached due to heavy rains and flash floods.
He instructed that the teams should identify tanks that have a higher likelihood to breach and take measures. In the event of a breach, officials should take up repairs immediately he said. The CM particularly emphasised that people living in low lying and vulnerable areas should be alerted and shifted to safer places.
According to the CMO, Rao told officials that “Hyderabad received heavy rainfall, which was unprecedented for over a century. This has resulted in heavy floodwaters inflows. Besides floodwater, water from tanks in surrounding areas had entered the city. All tanks are overflowing with water.”
Reminding officials that the Met department had forecast chances of more heavy rains in coming few days, CM Rao said with tanks in the city already filled to the brim with floodwaters and inflows into them continuing, there was a high likelihood of tanks breaching, leading to more damages....