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Reaching home after a week to find nothing left

K.N. Murali Sankar

PATHA YADLALANKA (Krishna Dt.): They returned to their village after six days and saw for themselves the havoc caused by nature’s fury in their shattered and mud-filled houses and farms. As the flood in the Krishna receded, residents of Patha Yadlalanka, a village panchayat with two hamlets in Avanigadda mandal of Diviseema, took permission from the officials manning the relief camp they were put up in to visit their village on Friday.

It did not take much time for them to understand that they would have to stay put in relief camps for at least a couple of more days. Transportation is yet to be restored to their village, as no vehicle can move on the muddy stretch of about two km. Most of the 1,200 houses in the village are huts that have been damaged completely. Even the pucca houses constructed under Indiramma scheme are not in good shape, as they were under a sheet of water for six days continuously.

“It will take at least a month for the village to get back into some shape,” said Peetha Venkateswara Rao, the village sarpanch, who undertook a vigorous sanitation drive immediately after entering the village even as the stink from the wet and damaged crop continues to be unbearable.

For several villagers, there are no traces of personal belongings, including country-made boats that had to be abandoned last Saturday when the police evacuated them by force.

“When we left the relief camp in the morning, we thought that we could stay back in our homes. But, now we do not have any other go but to return to the camp,” said Vadugu Srilakshmi, a housewife, clearing heaps of mud from her house. The maize crop adjacent to her house lay completely under water and the same is the case with mango and guava orchards.

Livelihood problem

“Even if all the villagers return from the camp, livelihood will become a major problem for them, as there is no agricultural work and no scope for fishing,” said Kilaru Pavan Kumar, an assistant of the local fair price shop dealer. “We hope transportation will be restored soon, so that we can seek help from service organisations that are ready to provide us groceries and utensils,” said Mr. Venkateswara Rao. “Once we get some help, we can run the show till fishing is allowed in the Krishna. It is not very easy to recover from the losses, as we lost everything,” the sarpanch lamented.

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