Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday July 17 said he had ‘dark’ information that there may be a suspected ‘foreign hand’ behind the downpours in some parts of the country, including the basin of the Godavari River which is in flood in the state.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the flooded town of Bhadrachalam in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district, Rao announced the allocation of Rs 1,000 crore as a rehabilitation program for the temple town to build settlements in the highlands. land for a permanent solution against the threat of flooding.
“A new method called downpour has arrived. They say there are conspiracies around him. We don’t know how true that is. Some foreign countries deliberately make waterspouts in our country. Previously, they did this in Leh (Ladakh). Later they did it in Uttarakhand. We received “dark, dark” information that they are also doing in the Godavari basin. Anyway, due to climate changes, these types of calamities are happening. So we have to protect our people,” said Rao, popularly known as KCR.
The current situation reflects the effects of incessant rains. According to the meteorological department and some private forecasters, this situation (heavy rains) could continue until July 29th. So the danger is not yet over, Rao said, after reviewing flood relief measures with officials.
He ordered officials not to send people back from the relief camps, adding “we have to take care of them”.
Reacting to KCR’s comments on the waterspouts, Telangana BJP Chairman and MP for Karimnagar, Bandi Sanjay Kumar, described it as the “joke of the century”.
Sanjay said that to cover up his “failures”, KCR staged dramas. The Telangana BJP leader further alleged that KCR was trying to divert people’s attention from the ‘submergence’ of the Kaleshwaram project and spoke of a foreign conspiracy theory.
Chairman of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) and party MP A. Revanth Reddy demanded that if KCR had any information about the “foreign hand” behind the downpour, then it should pass that information on to the Office of the intelligence, in RAW as well as in the central government and it is the responsibility of the chief minister.
Rao, after visiting the rain and flood affected areas and relief camps, also announced an immediate aid of Rs 10,000 to each flood affected family and 20 kg of free rice for each family for the next two month. “That way we can help them a bit and we will,” Rao said.
Rao announced Rs 1,000 crores to permanently fix the problems of low lying areas (due to flooding) adjoining Godavari River in Bhadrachalam. In this regard, residential settlements will be built, an embankment covering the entire Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Temple in Bhadrachalam will be developed, and the embankment towards Burgampadu will also be reinforced to prevent flooding in the future.
Later, the Chief Minister undertook aerial survey in Eturu Nagaram area of Mulugu district and also reviewed the flood control measures.
Heavy rains and inflows have led to a massive increase in water levels in the Godavari River, although it started to drop on Saturday July 16 in the town of Bhadrachalam. Such massive water levels and flooding were last seen in 1986, some residents recall. The state government has moved several thousand people to relief camps due to flooding in the district.
Some of those affected by the floods staged a protest in Bhadrachalam on Saturday, demanding that the embankment of the river be extended to prevent flooding of their residential localities.
Heavy rains hit Telangana for about seven days, until last Friday, causing flooding of low-lying areas across the state and damage to agricultural and other crops. More than 10 people have died in various rain-related incidents in different locations, such as collapsing walls and electrocution last Wednesday.