Telangana Panchayat Raj department suffers a huge loss on account of floods.

The roads and buildings maintained by the Panchayat Raj department in the state suffered a huge loss to an extent of Rs 426.91 crore owing to recent floods.

The roads that were washed away or damaged in Adilabad cost Rs 165.77 crore, Ranga Reddy district Rs 65.37 crore, Nizamabad Rs 57.68 crore, Karimnagar, Rs 53.93 crore, Warangal Rs 40 crore, Mahabubnagar Rs 20.94 crore, Nalgonda Rs 7.30 crore, Khammam Rs 5.28 crore and Medak Rs 4.13 crore. The PR buildings require Rs 6.48 crore for repair and restoration.

The Municipal administration department pitched in relief and rehabilitation works and set up rehabilitation centres at Manuguru, Bhainsa, Manchiryala, Adilabad, Manthani, Nirmal and Ramagundam towns and shifted 7,359 flood-hit people to safety. The department kept ready 2,122 members in 328 teams and distributed 68,909 food packets for those in submergence areas. A total of 237 trees were uprooted, roads caved in at 14 places and a total of 77 electric poles were damaged. Road to an extent of 319 kilometres and drainage line to an extent of 60 kilomeres, 138 culverts, and drinking water pipeline to an extent of 22 kilometres were damaged.

There are all based on preliminary estimates and actual loss including the crop loss would be assessed after the government employees undertake field studies later.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

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