Army de­ployed in rain- hit ar­eas of Hy­der­abad; NDRF on standby

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - — PTI

Hy­der­abad: Four col­umns of army have been de­ployed in rain- af­fected ar­eas of Hy­der­abad and neigh­bour­ing Ranga Reddy dis­trict af­ter heavy down­pour wreaked havoc in the cap­i­tal and other parts of Te­lan­gana cut­ting off low- ly­ing ar­eas.

Army troops have been moved into Begum­pet, Nizam­pet and Hakim­pet ar­eas in the city and Al­wal in Ranga Reddy dis­trict to pro­vide nec­es­sary re­lief, ac­cord­ing to a de­fence re­lease.

The army has also set up a con­trol room at GHMC ( Greater Hy­der­abad Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion) of­fice and, in co­or­di­na­tion with the GHMC and NDRF of­fi­cials, is closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion round- the- clock, it said.

“Army col­umns are al­ready on track to pro­vide re­lief ma­te­rial and med­i­cal aid in slum ar­eas of Al­wal. Other col­umns of the Army have been kept on standby, to be de­ployed when re­quired,” the re­lease added.

The Army of­fi­cials had met GHMC Com­mis­sioner Ja­nard­han Reddy dur­ing the wee hours today and ap­prised the ad­min­is­tra­tion that their forces are pre­pared to swing into ac­tion as and when called for.

Also, fol­low­ing in­struc­tions from Chief Min­is­ter K Chan­drasekhar Rao, a 60- mem­ber Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force ( NDRF) team has been kept on the standby in the city.

Be­sides, the CM has or­dered of­fi­cials to set up con­trol rooms in all the dis­tricts across the state to reach out to ma­rooned peo­ple with nec­es­sary re­lief, said an of­fi­cial state­ment.

Some of the low ly­ing ar­eas in Hy­der­abad are still cut off from the rest of the city, even as GHMC and some NGOs are of­fer­ing es­sen­tial food items such as milk for re­lief of those af­fected.

The CM also in­structed the of­fi­cials to take nec­es­sary steps to pre­vent spread of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases.


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