Hyderabad: The fresh spell of rainfall continued in Telangana State and is likely to last for two more days. A low pressure area has formed over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal Odisha along with an associated upper air cyclonic circulation, resulting in heavy to very heavy rains in the State over next 48 hours. However, there has been no major improvement in water levels of major reservoirs.
Due to the prevailing low pressure, light to moderate rain or thundershowers were witnessed at most places over Telangana State in the last 24 hours. The erstwhile districts of Warangal and Khammam continue to receive heavy rainfall, while the erstwhile districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad and Karimnagar have received rainfall deficient than normal. The highest rainfall of 4 cm was recorded at Khanapur in Warangal district.
The officials of Indian Meteorological Department stated that light to moderate rain/thundershowers are very likely to occur at most places over Telangana State in the next three days, while heavy rain will occur at a few places. During current season, 235 of 584 mandals in the State were reported to have registered ‘deficit’ rainfall and 269 received normal rains. While two mandals received scanty (or no) rainfall, 78 received excess rainfall.
Despite the continuous downpour, there has been no major improvement in the water levels of major reservoirs. Around 7,850 cusecs of water is being released from Narayanpur project in Karnataka. But inflows into Jurala, Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam projects were at 2,160 cusecs, 850 cusecs and 1,995 cusecs respectively. As on Friday, water storage level was at 6.2 tmcft of 9.6 tmcft (gross storage), 115.7 tmcft of 312 tmcft (gross storage) and 20.3 tmcft of 215.8 tmcft (gross storage) at Jurala, Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam projects respectively.
Irrigation department officials said that requests were made to Karnataka to release 15 tmc water and the officials concerned have responded positively. “Water is being released partially after considering water levels in Almatti and Narayanpur reservoirs. The 15 tmc water sought from Karnataka government, will be used only for drinking water purposes and unless there are good rains, total cultivation area in TS could come down considerably,” the official said. However, there is no major threat to rain-fed crops, the agriculture officials asserted.