Hyderabad Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao has instructed officials to take steps to prevent loss of life. He held a tele-conference with officials from the Municipal Administration Department and Additional Collectors from Hyderabad. The Minister also visited Tank Bund to assess the rising water level in the reservoir.
Rama Rao urged municipal department officials to prioritize avoiding loss of life. He asked them to remain vigilant in low-lying areas and take further relief measures in towns where floodwaters have receded. Immediate evacuation of people from unsafe buildings is necessary.
In a media statement, Rama Rao mentioned that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is regularly reviewing the heavy rains in the state. The Chief Minister has also spoken with municipal department officials. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner and other officials at all levels are actively working in the city. Municipal employees’ holidays have been canceled, and the situation is being monitored constantly through various means.
Rama Rao emphasized that preventing loss of life is the primary objective. The government is making efforts in response to the red alert for Hyderabad. Desilting programs and strengthening of ponds are being carried out. Gates have been installed in 135 ponds, and the Disaster Response Force is working extensively. The impact of floods has been reduced due to the Nala Development Programme undertaken last year.
The Minister called on opposition parties to refrain from political criticism and instead focus on actions that benefit those affected by heavy rains. Government departments are working together, issuing alerts to citizens in flood-prone areas and setting up control rooms and temporary shelters. Ponds are being monitored for potential contamination, and disease prevention measures will be implemented once the rains subside. Rama Rao also mentioned the possibility of visiting Warangal on Friday.