The actors urged others to join in the donation drive.

Hyderabad floodsFile photo/PTI
news Hyderabad rains Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 15:48

Lending a helping hand during Telangana’s flood crisis, several leading Telugu actors on Tuesday donated money to help those affected by the Hyderabad floods. Actors like Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Vijay Deverakonda, directors Harish Shankar, Trivikram and Anil Ravipudi made their contribution and urged others to join in the donation drive. Telangana suffered an estimated loss of Rs 5,000 crore due to the recent rains triggered by the deep depression in Bay of Bengal.

Megastar Chiranjeevi, who donated Rs 1 crore towards the CM’s relief fund, said, “The unprecedented rains in Hyderabad have caused massive devastation, loss of lives and extreme hardship to thousands. My heart goes out to those affected by nature's fury. I'm humbly donating Rs.1Cr to CM Relief Fund.”

Actor Mahesh Babu, too, donated Rs 1 crore to the fund. He described the devastation caused by floods in Hyderabad as ‘worse than imagined.’ Appreciating the Telangana government for their relief efforts, the actor appealed, “I urge all of you to come forward and donate towards the cause. Let's stand by our people during these difficult times.”

Actor Nagarjuna and Jr NTR donated Rs 50 lakh each, Vijay Deverakonda and Trivikram donated Rs 10 lakh each, Harish Shankar and Anil Ravipudi donated Rs 5 lakh each.

In Hyderabad alone, the government estimates a loss of Rs 670 crore, due to the floods. The heavy rain which lashed Telangana last week killed a total of 70 people across the state and 33 people in the capital city.

The Chief Ministers of Delhi and Tamil Nadu have also contributed Rs 15 crore and Rs 10 crore respectively towards the relief campaign. Thanking for their generosity, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao phoned both Arvind Kejriwal and Edapaddi Palaniswami on Tuesday. Along with monetary aid, the Tamil Nadu government has promised to provide blankets and mats to those affected by the floods.

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological department (IMD) has issued an ‘orange’ alert for Tuesday and Wednesday in the state. This indicates heavy rainfall in several parts of Telangana, including Hyderabad. The risk level for an orange alert is categorised as ‘medium’, alerting officials to be prepared for adverse weather conditions.

IMD Hyderabad scientist K Naga Ratna said that a low-pressure area has formed in the central Bay of Bengal due to cyclonic circulation. As a result, a few parts in Hyderabad will receive intense spells of rainfall on Tuesday.

 

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