10:02 GMT02 December 2020
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    Recent flooding after heavy rainfall last week in Hyderabad, in India’s Telangana state, killed over 70 and has seen loss of property worth the equivalent of millions of dollars. Hundreds are struggling for rehabilitation and basic survival necessities.

    Southern Indian cinema superstars have come forward to support those left stranded due to massive flooding caused by incessant rainfall over the last week.

    Floods breached major lakes and roads, damaging houses in low-lying areas, as vehicles are destroyed.

    Legendary actor-politician Chiranjeevi and superstar Mahesh Babu took to social media on Tuesday to announce that they will donate $136,133 (INR 10 million) to the Telangana Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF) for the rehabilitation of people and the city.

    Alongside Telangana state chief K. Chandrashekar Rao, who providing some $75 million (INR 5,500 million) for flood-hit people in low-lying areas, superstar Nagarjuna Akkineni tweeted that he too will contribute $68,044 (INR 5 million) for the cause.​

    ​Urging fans to come forward to help rebuild Hyderabad, Junior NTR and Balakrishna have promised to contribute $68,044 (INR 5 million) each.

    Tweeting an emotional note, actor Vijay Deverakonda, who claimed that he will donate $13,604 (INR 1 million), wrote: “It's been a hard year on all of us, but those of us who are doing decently well, let's pool in some money to help those who are not - Let's do it one more time for our own. Today I am donating Rs 10 lakh (one million) to the CMRF."​

    ​Many other actors, including Anil Ravipudi, Harish Shankar and Trivikram Srinivas, pooled $6,803 (INR 500,000) each for relief work.

    Delhi's state chief, Arvind Kejriwal, announced today that his government will donate over $2 million (INR 150 million) for Telangana flood relief.

    ​Local police, along with the disaster management teams and municipality workers, continue to run rescue operations in flooded areas of Hyderabad.


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