Warangal: Normal life came to a halt after about five years in Warangal as heavy downpour battered the city, flooding low-lying areas and inundating roads. This forced policemen to close the roads in several parts on Monday. Rains, which started around 11 am, pounded the city for four hours forcing people to remain indoors.
While Hasanparthy mandal recorded 11.5 cm rainfall from 8.30 am to 7 pm on Monday, Elkatruthy mandal recorded 11.48 cm and Dharmasagar mandal recorded 10.35 rainfall (8.30 am to 7 pm). Meanwhile, two mandals – Sangem (14.6 cm) and Nadikuda (13.6 cm) recorded very heavy rainfall leading to swollen streams and overflowing of tanks.
Bayyaram mandal of Mahabubabad district too recorded heavy rainfall of 11.53 cm, it was followed by Mahabubabad mandal that received 10.18 cm.
In a tragic incident, a resident of Nachinapally, Reddy Venkat Reddy, died after he fell into a swollen stream between Nachinapally and Duggondi. The body of Venkat Reddy, a construction worker, was retrieved from the stream by police with the help of locals.
Narsampet MLA Peddi Sudharshan Reddy, who held a teleconference with officials on the rain situation, asked them to be available for the people in case of emergency. He suggested the people be cautious as some mandals in the district would likely witness extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.
GWMC commissioner, P Pravinya, who held a meeting to review the rain situation, directed officials to be alert and help people reach relief centres in case of flooding in low-lying areas. A control room with a toll-free number 1800 425 1980 and WhatsApp number 7997100300 has been set up by the GWMC officials.
Meanwhile, Hanamkonda Collector Rajeev Gandhi Hanumanthu directed authorities concerned to be accessible to the people in the wake of heavy rains across the district.
“Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rains in the next 24 hours. We have set up a call centre with toll-free number 1800-425-1115 to take complaints related to rains,” he said.
Anticipating heavy rainfall, Warangal Collector D Gopi also alerted the officials and some district-level officials were appointed as special officers to oversee the situation. A control room with a toll-free number – 1800 4253 424 and mobile 9154252937 was set up.
Meanwhile, Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao directed the Collector and other district-level officials of erstwhile Warangal to take appropriate measures to check human casualties and loss to property in the wake of heavy rainfall warning. He said the officials should ensure that there are no breaches on tanks.
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