Flood victims live in shadow of fear

Reconstruction work in Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts yet to get a foothold


No relief:A woman cradles her child, born near the Sunkesula Dam near Kurnool during the floods in October last year, on Saturday.

SUNKESULA (KURNOOL DISTRICT): The worst may be over for the people of villages along Tungabhadra river in Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts, but the scars left on their lives by the devastating floods of October 2009 are yet to be healed.

The rehabilitation and reconstruction work in these villages is yet to get a foothold, irrespective of tall claims of the government. The stench left behind by the unprecedented flood is yet to evaporate and the lives remain shattered, though the people could overcome the mental agony, even five months after.

The fear looming large in the minds of affected people, particularly those rendered homeless and are forced to live in makeshift huts, is the forthcoming wind season to be followed by rainy season. The temporary shelters are not in a position to withstand the heavy winds that blow in the area during the ‘gali kalam’ (wind season) commencing from April and in no way they can protect the dwellers from rains. “Our home was washed away and sand silt has left our six-acre land uncultivable. Even the pipeline laid with a cost of Rs. 1.3 lakh, months before the flood, was washed away robbing our livelihood”, explained G. Padma of Sunkesula. Except Rs. 8,000 cash assistance and 20 kg rice twice and sugar, redgram, kerosene and edible oil once nothing has come their way so far. Laxmidevi, a farm worker of the village says the cash assistance was not important for them but their worry is how they would stay in makeshift tents that cannot endure heavy wind and in the rainy season. “We are living just with the hope in the almighty”, says Suvartha, who delivered a baby days before the floods and was carried to safety during the floods.

The woes of thousands of other families affected by floods are no differentNot many elected representatives, particularly of the ruling party, have taken pains to infuse confidence among the displaced people by visiting the villages.

Naidu’s visit

Kurnool Special Correspondent adds: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu accused the assailed the Congress government accusing it of miserable failure in providing timely succour to the flood victims in Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts.

Mr Naidu, accompanied by the leaders of CPI, CPI (M) and TDP, undertook an extensive tour of flood affected areas in both districts on Friday and Saturday. He said there was no end to the woes of flood affected people, with the government failing to provide house sites, houses, compensation for crop loss of crops, lands and cattle. Except the initial Rs. 8,000 cash component and Rs. 3,000 assistance under the NREGS, nothing was given to the victims.


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