26 July, 2021

Crisis Mismanaged

A cash-strapped TDP banks on the Centre for flood relief

Crisis Mismanaged
It was a Black Dussehra in Andhra Pradesh this year. The unusual low pressure in the Bay of Bengal on October 16 virtually devastated the coastal districts. The pounding and incessant rain which ensued led to irrigation reservoirs over-flowing, submerging hundreds of villages. The death toll has already crossed the 500 mark. And the destruction of standing crops spread over nearly a million acres is estimated at over Rs 602 crore.

The total losses cannot as yet be computed. Road, rail, power and telecommunication networks were paralysed. The problem was compounded when a 5 km railway track near Singarayakonda on the Chennai-Vijayawada section was washed away. Traffic came to a standstill for over five days when a half-kilometre stretch of road near Vulavapadu-Rajupalem on the Hyderabad-Chennai national highway was swept away. No Central minister visited the area till Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda arrived last week to assess the scale of the calamity. Gowda made an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged districts, and on his return assured the state government of finan-cial help...

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