The national weather forecasting agency, India Meteorological Department (IMD), has sounded a yellow alert for Tamil Nadu for November 23 and 24 and an orange alert for November 25 and 26. Meanwhile, The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to distribute commodities like rice, red gram dal, onions, potatoes for free to all flood-affected families.
The decision to distribute essential commodities came after a review meeting held to assess the flood situation in Chittoor, Nellore, YSR Kadapa and Anantapur districts, said a press release from the state government. The government has decided to provide 25kg rice, 1kg red gram dal, palm oil 1litre per family, onion (1kg), potatoes (1kg) for the families in these affected districts.
The government has asked the commissioner of Civil Supplies and ex-officio Principal Secretary to the government to take necessary action for the distribution of the essential commodities.
Alert has been issued in 18 villages of Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district to evacuate the residences after Rayala pond’s water reached warning level and started leaking following incessant rains in several districts.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted an aerial survey of affected areas and reviewed the flood situation with the district collectors Saturday. Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the CM over the phone and assured him of all help.
Officials said the situation on the ground was grim on Saturday as well. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday condoled the loss of lives in floods in Andhra Pradesh and urged party workers to extend all possible help to those affected. “Floods have been causing serious damage in Andhra Pradesh. My condolence to those who’ve lost loved ones,” Gandhi said on Twitter. “Dear Congress workers, please help in all ways possible,” he also said. Floods have caused extensive damage in Andhra Pradesh
(With ANI Inputs)