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Centre announces Rs 200 cr relief for Andhra

The Centre announced Rs 200 crore assistance to take up relief measures in the flood- affected areas of Andhra Pradesh.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2006 18:39 IST

The Centre on Wednesday announced Rs 200 crore assistance to take up relief measures in the flood- affected areas of Andhra Pradesh.

This was announced by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil at a press conference on Wednesday evening in the presence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

"We have decided to immediately release Rs 200 crore as advance towards Andhra Pradesh share of Calamity Relief Fund," Patil said.

He also assured that the Centre would provide financial assistance for taking up repairs of the canals in the vulnerable coastal belt to minimise the impact of floods in future.

Earlier, Sonia Gandhi accompanied by Patil and state Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy undertook an aerial survey of the worst hit areas in East Godavari, West Godavari and Khammam districts.

During a brief halt at Amalapuram in East Godavari district, Gandhi interacted with the flood victims and went round a photo exhibition depicting the damages caused by the floods.

Over 350 villages in Konaseema region are still marooned as the flood situation continued to be grim, claiming 106 lives so far and leaving a trail of destruction in coastal belt and Telangana regions.