"Our first priority should be to save lives and then minimize damages," Naidu said.

Andhra CM Naidu surveys rain-hit areas in the state calls for quick restorationFile photo: Facebook/Andhra Pradesh CM
news News Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 08:47

Following heavy rains that lashed various parts of Andhra Pradesh, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit parts in Guntur district on Saturday evening.

According to a report in PTI:

The Chief Minister flew over Bapatla, Pedanandipadu, Krosuru and other areas and inspected the submerged crops and damaged roads. He landed on the road at Reddygudem village and took the road route to visit some other villages in the region.

The report also quotes the chief minister as saying "Political parties are meant to serve the people, particularly in times of crisis. It is through service that the parties can earn people's goodwill...Our first priority should be to save lives and then minimise damages. It is the time everyone should shed lethargy and work with commitment."

The India Meteorological Department(IMD) on Friday forecast moderate to heavy rainfall at many places in Andhra Pradesh for the next few days, following the reported formation of another low-pressure area over Telangana.

Many areas along the coast were evacuated.

The road to the state's capital of Amaravati and also its temporary capital at Velagapudi was washed away.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that the road was the only link between old Amaravati and Vijayawada, the temporary Secretariat at Velagapudi, Uddandarayunipalem, Tullur and other villages of the Amaravati core capital and the capital region.


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