Hyderabad: Incessant rains continued to lash several parts of the State for the fourth consecutive day on Friday even as four persons lost their lives in different places in erstwhile Adilabad district.
While 30-year-old A Ganesh of Ranapur in Nirmal mandal was washed away in the floodwaters at Manjulapur in Soan mandal, a 35-year-old tribal, Mesineni Chandraiah, accidentally fell into a swollen stream from a railway bridge while he was returning from his agriculture field at Uru Mandamarri in Mandamarri mandal.
Kalwa Lachanna, 58, a shepherd from Sandralpahad in Kasipet mandal, was swept away in a flooded stream at Peddanapalli in Kasipet mandal on Thursday night, and his body was traced on Friday. A home guard of the Rebbena police station, Korenga Bheemrao, 40, was washed away in a stream at Ankushapur in Kaghaznagar mandal of Kumram Bheem Asifabad district on Thursday evening.
Several low-lying areas were under sheets of water and road links to some villages were disrupted as rains continued to lash on Friday. Till 8 pm, the highest rainfall of 85.5 mm was recorded at Mosra in Nizamabad, followed by 73 mm rainfall in Kolkonda at Jangaon and 67 mm in Peddamanthal in Vikarabad.
In Nirmal, Endowments Minister A Indrakaran Reddy inspected the flood-hit areas in GMR Colony and took stock of the situation. He said the State government would extend necessary help to the affected areas as the district was worst affected with the rains.
Meanwhile, irrigation officials are constantly monitoring the inflows into dams and reservoirs in the Krishna and Godavari basins. Since the Sriramsagar project was receiving 2.16 lakh cusecs of inflows, officials are discharging two lakh cusecs downstream by lifting 35 gates.
With heavy rainfall recorded on Friday, huge inflows were continuing into the project, said G Srinivas, Superintending Engineer (Irrigation Circle), Pochampad.
Officials lifted 27 gates of the Priyadarshini Jurala Project in the Krishna basin to release 1.68 lakh cusecs of water while it was receiving 1.66 lakh cusecs from the Narayanpur project.
According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society, light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur at many places with heavy rains in isolated places in the next two days. The low-pressure area now lies as a well-marked low-pressure area over Northwest Bay of Bengal off north Odisha-West Bengal Coast with the associated cyclonic circulation.
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