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TDP chief writes to Prime Minister to declare floods as national calamity


November 6, 2012 - Hyderabad

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu requested him to visit the State to have firsthand information on the situation that arose due to Nilam floods which caused havoc in the State.

Chandrababu Naidu also requested the Centre to send teams in the next two days to have assessment over the loss done to the people and to enable the Centre to extend assistance liberally to the affected families. He also wanted the Prime Minister to declare the floods in the State as a national calamity. He stated in his letter that the State government machinery has failed miserably in handling the situation in the State and particularly the Chief Minister is not responding to the crisis effectively and pointed out that the Chief Minister and the Revenue Minister were not in the State Capital to monitor the situation even was alarmed by the cyclone warning authorities.

Giving the statistics, he said in his letter that 50 people have lost lives while crops in 14 lakh hectares were destroyed completely and nearly 7000 houses were damaged and as many as 68,000 people are still in relief camps while 225 villages were completely cut off stated in his letter.

Naidu asked the Prime Minister to direct the departments like railways, telecommunications and National Highways Authority of India to restore facilities on war footing. He alleged lack of seriousness on the part of the Central Government in assisting the State and recalled that only Rs. 600 crore out of Rs. 1,000 crore promised by the Prime Minister during Krishna floods in 2009 were released to the State.

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