Karimnagar: Incessant rains wrecked havoc in the erstwhile Karimnagar district. Many villages were cut-off from the rest of the world as water bodies were continuously overflowing, inundating nearby towns as well.
Two persons Kudukala Gangamallu (47) and his son Vishnuvardhan (7) washed away in flood water near Mallannapta of Gollapalli mandal of Jagitial district. A native of Nandipalli of Gollapalli mandal, Gangamallu along with his son Vishnuvardhan went to nearby Mallannapet on a two-wheeler. While returning to home, they got washed away in flood water in an attempt to cross a low level bridge in between Vengalapur-Mallannapeta. Their bodies were fished out and sent for postmortem.
Along with nearly 350 sheep, three shepherds got stranded on an island surrounded by flood waters near Vemulakurthi in Ibrahimpatnam mandal of Jagitial district. Residents of Vemullakurthi – Basa Somanna, Alkunta Lasmanna and Nemuri Chinna Ashanna went to an island located in Godavari River four days ago. Though they tried to return on Tuesday morning, they failed to cross the river as water levels increased following the release of water from the SRSP project. Officials sent food and other material to the shepherd in a boat.
Centring work of an under construction bridge being constructed with Rs 28 crores across Mulavagu at Vemulawada temple town caved-in due to heavy flow in the rivulet. It may be recalled here that the same bridge also collapsed two year ago due to heavy flooding.
In Siricilla town, many localities were submerged in the rain water. Cars and two wheelers were seen getting washed away in flood water. Based on the instructions by Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao, district administration has taken up rescue and rehabilitation operations by establishing a control room.
District Collector Anurag Jayanthi, and Superintendent of Police Rahul Hegde visited flood affected areas and monitored rescue operations. People are asked to contact officials over the phone no 9100069040 for help. NDRF teams, police, revenue and municipal staff engaged in the rescue operation. They entered into houses, which were surrendered by flood water, with the help of proclaims and boats and rescued people. People staying in low lying areas have also been shifted to safer places.
A car got washed away in flood water at Purumalla of Medipalli mandal in Jagitial district. Driver saved his life by jumping out from the vehicle. Some alert locals stopped the car with the help of procliner.
Venkatadrinagar lost connectivity with the reset of the world as Govindpalli vagu is overflowing in the outskirts of Jagitial town. Govindapalli, IMA hall, Jagitial-Karimnagar main road, and Prof Jayashankar statue areas have been surrendered by the flood water. Police closed Jagitial-Dharmapuri main road as Anatharam vagu is flowing from the bridge near Anatharam village of Jagitial rural mandal.
Many habitations in Korutla and Metpalli mandals were disconnected with other areas as water bodies are overflowing. Prakash road, Mutlyawada, and Aadarshanagar localities of Korutla town of Jagitial district have been submerged by flood water. Flood water also entered into houses in some localities. Nakkagavu was also flowing at high near Hanumajipet of Venulawada rural mandal.
People of Mirzampet, Kistampet and Motlapalli of Kalwasrirampur mandal were warned not to venter into Manair and Hussenimiya vagu since the water bodies were flowing at high.
On the other hand, irrigation projects are getting huge inflows. Mid Manair reservoir is getting 87,710 cusecs inflows. 1,06,703 cusecs of water is being discharged by lifting 18 gates. 24.143 tmc water is available in the project as against its storage capacity of 27.5 tmc.
Meanwhile, Lower Manair Dam is getting 2,72, 072 cusecs including 1,64,339 cusecs through Moyathummeda rivulet and 1,07,433 cusecs from Mid Manair. 2,62,025 cusecs water is being released by lifting 18 flood gates. Of 24.084 tmc, 22.918 tmc of water is available in the reservoir.
Gangula visits flooded colonies
BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar visited water stagnated areas in Karimnagar town on Tuesday. Minister along with Karimangar Mayor Y Sunil Rao toured Rekurthi, Ramnagar and other water flooded areas and examined the situation. He instructed officials to take steps to divert the water into drainages.
The Minister said water has been stagnated in Padmanagar, Rekurthi and Ramnagar areas as road works were under progress in these localities. Flood water was diverted into 394 drainages in open areas like Satavahana University.
Officials made all arrangements to clear stagnated water within one hour. Except for some property damage here and there, there was no loss lives. It was materialized only because of steps taken by revenue, irrigation and waterworks departments.
Earlier, rainwater used to easily percolate into the ground due to a lack of groundwater levels. However, the groundwater table was full with the construction of the Kaleshwaram project. So, the percolation process has been delayed. Meantime, rainwater was becoming a flood, he said and informed that arrangements were being made to divert rainwater into manair river.
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