Hyderabad: Even as the Southwest monsoon has withdrawn from the entire country, Telangana continues to witness moderate to heavy rainfall in various parts of the State under the influence of multiple weather systems. The State is likely to experience another bout of rainfall along with thunderstorms and lightning over the next four-five days.
Recently, the Northeast monsoon rains commenced over Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas. However, Telangana is experiencing rain under the influence of a trough which runs from east-central Arabian sea to Vidarbha across north interior Karnataka and Telangana. As a result, heavy rain and thunderstorm accompanied by lightning is very likely to occur in isolated place across the State for the next four days. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers is very likely to occur at many places over the State during this period.
Over the last 24 hours, heavy rain occurred at isolated places in Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Warangal Rural, Mulugu and Karimnagar. According to State officials, Chelpur in Mulugu district received the highest rainfall of 17 cm in the last 24 hours, followed by Kondapalkala in Karimnagar (14 cm) and Mallial in Karimnagar (13 cm). Hyderabad too received light to moderate rain in several parts.
Taking note of heavy rains, the Central government issued a Special Flood Advisory for Southern India, including Telangana, where basins of Godavari, Krishna, and Cauvery received excess rainfall. The Central government authorities said most of the dams in Krishna and Cauvery basins were having very high reservoir level and asked the State officials concerned to take necessary precautions by releasing water from dams as per requirement.
The State officials were advised to make some flood cushion in dams in lower reaches as flooding is more likely from releases due to upstream dams. While all major reservoirs are brimming to their full capacity, Nagarjuna Sagar on the Krishna had 309 tmc against its gross capacity of 312 tmc. Similarly, Srisailam, also on the Krishna, had 209 tmc against its gross capacity of 215 tmc. Lower Manair Dam on the Godavari had 19 tmc against its gross storage capacity of 24 tmc.