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‘A Havoc of Flood’ is a short prose piece. As the title suggests, it details on the floods that plagued Kurnool, a small district in Andhra Pradesh and the havoc in wreaked on the lands there.
About the Author:
The author of this text is unknown.
The theme of this text is the horrors of natural disaster. By detailing on the destruction caused by floods, the text sheds light on the pain and loss suffered by humans on account of it.
The Land of Rocky Temples:
28th September 2009 was the date floods wreaked havoc in the land of rocky temples, Kurnool. Situated in Andhra Pradesh, this place is a prime tourist spot. On account of heavy rains on the previous day, the 27th, CWC forecast had reported that the inflow would drastically rise in Srisailam dam, the highest record in history, in fact. People suffered much, having to deal with loss of life and property.
Over 60 villages had to face the wrath of the floods, with many completely having submersed. People had to go without proper food and shelter. The government had to resort to seeking help from the Army and the Navy, who in turn helped rescue people. In addition, the government sought help from Tamil Nadu’s Disaster Management Response Force as well. Thirty relief camps had been opened for the people, still proving to be rather inadequate to the people who had mostly lost almost everything. The text goes on to detail on some of the reluctant people who refused to evacuate and the rampant destruction that could be seen everywhere. Infrastructure took a huge hit as well. Despite this, it cannot be denied that the relief camps did help people successfully in those dire times.
One such victim of this raging flood was Rajeswari, who was a widow well over forty years old. Tearfully, she had told those from the relief camps how her meagre hut had completely collapsed and how she and her four children went without food and water for days. The relief camp helped her by providing food, clothing and shelter, for which she was beyond grateful.
This is a moving account that sheds light on the consequences rendered due to the fury of nature. People like Rajeswari had to suffer beyond imagination, for basic necessities become a luxury they cannot afford. At times like these, government’s timely help and help from neighbouring states as well is nothing short of a boon.