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Chennai/Hyderabad: As many as 76 people have lost their lives and several injured in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh since November 9.

According to reports, after a week of torrential rains left many areas in Tamil Nadu marooned, the Army, the Air Force and the Coast Guard were called in to rescue thousands of flood-hit residents in Chennai and Kancheepuram.

As many as 71 people have died in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu in the past one week.

Food and drinking water are being air-dropped by Air Force choppers in worst-hit areas in the state.

Meanwhile, heavy rains continue to lash three districts of Andhra Pradesh, killing at least five people and damaging crops over thousands of acres.

Chittoor, Nellore and Kadapa districts bordering Tamil Nadu received heavy rains for a second day on Tuesday, inundating dozens of villages and disrupting road and rail transport.

The rains, under the impact of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, have resulted in largescale damage to crops in the districts besides wrecking havoc in Tamil Nadu.

All five deaths in Andhra Pradesh were reported from Chittoor while two people were missing.

Flash floods also claimed the lives of 80 cattle and damaged 80 houses. For a second day, all educational institutions in Chittoor district declared a holiday.

River, rivulets, tanks and streams in the affected districts overflowed. In Nellore districts, 40 villages were marooned. Officials said at least 100 tanks have breached.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the situation with top officials in Vijayawada.

Minister for Municipal Administration P Narayana told reporters in Nellore that two Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters had been kept ready in Chennai to rescue people stranded by flood waters in Nellore.

The choppers, however, could not take off due to bad weather.

The minister said 10,000 food packets were ready for air drop in the marooned villages. The authorities have shifted 5,000 people to relief camps.

Three teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were pressed into service in Nellore district.

Traffic between Vijayawada and Chennai came to a halt as a part of Chennai-Kolkata national highway washed away in Nellore district.

For a second time in three days, the Mumbai-Nellore highway was breached by authorities to make way for flood water which had entered some villages.

The highway at Naidupeta-Sullurpeta was also flooded, disrupting vehicular traffic between Tirupati and Kanchipuram.

Eight mandals in Chittoor district received 20 cm rainfall during the last 24 hours. Some places in Nellore district received as high as 30 cm rainfall.

East Godavari and West Godavari districts were also receiving heavy rains since Monday night, damaging standing crops.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Villagers in Andhra Pradesh To Take Governance to People’s Doorstep

Villagers to take governance to people's doorstep

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Villagers who become the volunteers will act as a bridge between the government and the people. IANS

On the occasion of Independence Day, the Andhra Pradesh government launched a village volunteers initiative for taking governance to the doorsteps of people by involving over 2.8 lakh village volunteers.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday announced the launch of the flagship programme at the main official function here to mark Independence Day.

Reddy, who later addressed the village volunteers at another event, said the programme was launched as the villages are backward even after 73 years of achieving independence.

Addressing the gathering after unfurling the national flag, he said the initiative was aimed at ensuring that the fruits of development reach those living in villages.

Under the initiative, the volunteers will act as a bridge between the government and the people. Another 2.66 lakh jobs will be provided by appointing permanent employees in village secretariats to be launched from October 2.

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CM said that the initiative was aimed at ensuring that the fruits of development reach those living in villages. Instagram

Village secretariats would be set up in each village to deliver governance to people in 72 hours. The scheme involves provision of one volunteer to cover 50 families in each village. Identity cards would be given to the volunteers and they would be paid an honorarium of Rs 5,000 per month.

The volunteers would first identify the beneficiaries, get to know their problems and, thereafter, delineate the appropriate schemes being provided for them by the government.

The Chief Minister said that the schemes would be able to reach the poorest of the poor and make all the villages self-sufficient.

Reddy also said the volunteers would turn out to be leaders once they complete their term. A toll-free telephone number 1902 would be set up at a call centre in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) to receive the grievances of the people.

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Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday announced the launch of the flagship programme. Pexel

He said that his government has taken many path-breaking decisions and will resolutely stick to its stand, brushing aside the insipid criticism of detractors.

He defended the legislations that were recently enacted to provide reservation for jobs to locals and reverse tendering.

In his hour-long address, he listed out the path-breaking welfare schemes and legislations that his government has undertaken during last two-and-a-half months.

The Chief Minister said the ‘Navaratnas’ delineated by him in the party manifesto were prepared after he understood the problems of the people during his 3,648 km ‘padayatra’ (march) throughout the state.

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Besides, the YSR Rythu Bharosa scheme would be started from October 15 under which electricity would be provided to farmers free of cost and each farmer would get Rs 12,500 per year for the next four years, he added.

Speaking about the Amma Vodi scheme, which would be launched on January 26 next year, the Chief Minister said all mothers would be given Rs 15,000 per year so that they can educate their children without any hassles. (IANS)