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'Will ask PM to treat flood devastation as national calamity'

Posted on Nov 12, 07:34PM | UNI

Union Minister of State for Tourism K Chiranjeevi today said he would urge the Centre to treat the Nilam cyclone devastation as a 'national calamity' and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with other MPs soon to apprise him on the loss.

Talking to reporters here after visiting some of the flood affected areas in Krishna and West Godavari districts, he said 18 districts in the state had suffered heavy loss in the floods, and he had already urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to grant Rs 1,000 crores to provide the required assistance to the affected people.

Deploring that the agriculture rich West and East Godavari districts were badly affected, he assured that all the required help to the affected farmers would be provided.

He said the major drain Tammileru caused a large scale havoc in West Godavari district. The state government had sanctioned Rs 70 crores to construct a flood protection wall to the Tammileru drain to check the flood water enter the town but he felt that at least Rs.100 crores required to construct the wall to the drain.

Mr Chiranjeevi, who was visiting the Coastal Andhra areas first time after assuming charge as Union Tourism Minister, said that he would strive to make one of the biggest sweet water lakes, the Kolleru lake, in the district, as one of be best tourist places.