Heavy rains to batter Telangana for 2 days

Hyderabad, according to IMD statistics, recorded 5.6 mm of rainfall in a span of 24 hours till 8.30 am on Monday.

By Author   |   Published: 17th Jul 2017   10:31 pm Updated: 17th Jul 2017   10:34 pm
Onlookers watching the overflowing Boodidavagu at Palvancha mandal in Kothagudem district on Monday

Hyderabad: Heavy rains lashed Telangana and its capital in the past 24 hours even as the low pressure area developed into a well-marked low pressure area over Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh on Monday. The IMD authorities have forecast that it was very likely to intensify into a depression during the next 24 hours resulting in heavy to very heavy rains across Telangana State for the next two days.

Hyderabad, according to IMD statistics, recorded 5.6 mm of rainfall in a span of 24 hours till 8.30 am on Monday. The highest rainfall of 9 cm was recorded at Kothaguda in Mahabubabad (erstwhile Warangal) district followed by 7 cm at Koida, Palwancha, Mulakalapalle, Enkuru and Kothagudem in Khammam district and also Nallabelly in Warangal district.

According to the IMD, heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places in all the districts of Telangana and light to moderate rain/thundershowers would occur at many places across the State. They attributed the incessant rain to a well-marked low pressure area over Bay of Bengal with associated upper air cyclonic circulation extending up to 7.6 km above mean sea level. The officials said south-west monsoon has been active over the State during last 24 hours.

Heavy rain was witnessed across erstwhile Khammam district with copious rainfall for the last 24 hours, with many areas including Kothagudem and Palwancha have recorded rainfall as high as 7 cm.

The officials stated that Godavari river was receiving good inflows due to rains in its catchment areas in the upper riparian states as well as Telangana State. Power interruptions were reported in the rural areas, but the officials are making arrangements to restore them. Some parts of Warangal district also witnessed moderate to heavy rains and normal life was disrupted in Warangal city.

For the past three days, the districts of Sangareddy, Siddipet and Medak have been receiving incessant rains after a dry spell of about 10 days during the first two weeks of July. Due to rains in the Majeera catchment area upstream, Singur reservoir is expected to receive good inflows commencing from Tuesday. Rains have hampered the agriculture operations in some places as farmers were busy in transplanting paddy under borewells, removing weed and spraying fertilisers to their crop.

The districts of Nizamabad and Kamareddy also received moderate but continuous rainfall for the last 24 hours. Both Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts have recorded a cumulative rainfall of 263.5 mm and 281.6 mm respectively which is 12.8 per cent and 13 per cent respectively less than normal rainfall. In Nalgonda, Yadadri-Bhongir and Suryapet districts, rain has disrupted public life at Kodad, Chivvemla and Suryapet mandals. A house was partially collapsed due to heavy rain at Kandagatla village in Nalgonda district, but no one was hurt in the incident.

Moderate rainfall was recorded in some areas of the erstwhile Karimnagar district on Monday. Despite rainfall since last night, people participated in a large number in the Bonalu festivities across the district. A total of 265.4 mm rainfall was recorded in 16 mandals of the erstwhile Karimnagar district, with highest rainfall of 32 mm recorded in Gangadhara.

Private weather forecasting agency Skymet has said the rains in Hyderabad were likely to intensify over the next two days, before slowly reducing when the current weather system would move towards the west.