With flood water levels falling each day, residents living in relief camps are slowly moving back to their homes with the hope of returning to their normal lives.
Affected people who were shifted to the Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation (IGMC) Stadium – converted into a temporary relief camp – were seen going back to their homes that were flooded until a few days ago.
Back to homes
“Not all the people are being shifted immediately. After inspecting the areas, we are only sending those people whose houses are not waterlogged. We have divided the stadium into 13 blocks, accommodating people belonging to one particular area in each block. As of now, people living in four blocks in the stadium are waiting for the water to clear before they can return,” said J. Srinivas, Corporation teacher, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation.
Mr. Srinivas said the shifting process began on Monday night. About 525 people have been shifted and 1,002 are yet to shift, depending on the situation in their area.
Inadequate water, erratic power
Meanwhile, people living in Tarakarama Nagar and Ranigarithota have complained about not receiving water for two hours throughout the day. “It is not enough for us as we have to clean the house and even parts of the street. We need adequate supply of water to get rid of the dirt and stench,” said Yeramma, a resident of Tarakarama Nagar.
However, many areas such as Balaji Nagar, Koti Nagar Police Colony and Ramalingeswara Nagar are still inundated. Erratic water and power supply have troubled all the residents alike. Cattle rearers, who previously were living under the Kanakadurga Varadhi have been asked to move out of the APSMC School in Krishnalanka, where they are currently seeking shelter.
“We have taken shelter at one corner of the ground without causing any inconvenience to the staff or students of the school. Our houses are still under water but the school authorities have suddenly asked us to move out of the premises. We have nowhere to go and do not know whom to approach for a solution,” said T. Venkateshwarlu.
Municipal Commissioner V. Prasanna Venkatesh distributed blankets and other essentials, clothes, cosmetics and other material to flood victims at various flood relief camps at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium and others on Tuesday.
The material was donated by the city unit of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India, Capital Cinemas, Trendset Mall, VIP Walkers Association, Crayang, RR Grand Hotels, NGOs, Robinhood Army and others.
Meanwhile, Krishna District Collector A.M.D Imtiaz directed the officials of the National Disaster Response Force, Fire department and the Tourism department to remove the boat stuck near the 68th pillar of the Prakasam Barrage without causing any damage to the gate or the pillar.