Medak, Karimnagar: Rains lashed several districts across Telangana over the last 24 hours, filling up irrigation tanks and lakes to the brim. Medak town and its surrounding mandals witnessed heavy rains in the last 24 hours, while several nearby lakes started to overflow overnight, bringing cheer to farmers.
Godavari and Krishna rivers, and its rivulets, witnessed heavy rains during the Southwest monsoon, while Manjeera River, considered as the lifeline of Medak and Nizamabad districts, virtually had no inflows leaving farmers worried.
Adding to their woes, Medak district witnessed only moderate rains. But, in the past 24 hours, several mandals in Medak (65.6mm), Ramayampet (52.3mm), Havelighanpur (48mm), Shankarmpet (R) (43.4mm) and Narsingi (44.8mm) witnessed heavy rains. The downpour filled many irrigation lakes in these mandals to the brim, while some of these were overflowing.
Pasupuleru Vagu, located near Medak, started flowing due to the heavy rains. Medak district received 21.3mm rainfall in the past 24 hours, as on Friday 8.30 am. The district received 711.9 mm average rainfall this monsoon as on Friday, against the normal of 694.5 mm.
Light to moderate showers in Karimnagar
While some areas received heavy rains, light to moderate rain was recorded in many places of the erstwhile Karimnagar district on Friday. Many areas in Rajanna-Sircilla district received heavy rain, with the highest of 94.8 mm recorded in Veernapalli followed by Nampalli and Marthanpeta (77.0 mm), and Manala and Rudrangi (75.8 mm).
Moderate drizzling was recorded in a number of areas. While Indurthi of Karimnagar district received 28.0 mm rain, 24.5 mm was recorded in Allipur of Jagitiyal mandal followed by Chigurumamidi (16.8 mm), Jammikunta (15.8 mm) and Ramagundam (14.5 mm). Light rain was recorded in Jagitiyal (12.5 mm), Metpalli (6.3 mm), Korutla (5.0 mm), Ibrahimpatnam (4.5 mm), Srirampur (2.5 mm), V Saidapur (2.3 mm) and Raghavapeta (2.3 mm).
KLIS water filling up village tanks
Nizamabad: Kaleshwaram waters started flowing into tanks in Nizamabad and Jagitiyal districts through the Flood Flow Canal. So far, the Kaleshwaram waters filled about 42 tanks along the canal, bringing cheer to the farming community.
Farmers in Balkonda Assembly constituency started to reap the fruits of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, with Irrigation officials ensuring that tanks along the Flood Flow Canal from Uploor to Mupkal in Nizamabad district are filled.
Of the total stretch of 102 km of the Flood Flow Canal, 28 km pass through Nizamabad district, and there are nine sluices on them. Four of the nine sluices are ready for operations, while works are on in the remaining five.
On Friday, farmers of Uploor village in Kammarpally mandal performed poojas to the Kaleshwaram waters, which are filled in village tanks through the canal. Earlier, these tanks depended on rainwater, and farmers ended up waiting for rain. Now, village tanks are filling with Kaleshwaram water irrespective of rainfall.
Gangareddy, a farmer from Uploor, said earlier they used to pray for good rain so that the village tanks get full, but this year, Irrigation officials filled the tanks with Kaleshwaram waters through the Flood Flow Canal. He thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and R&B Minister Prashanth Reddy for taking the initiative to fill their tanks.
Apart from the Uploor tank, Irrigation officials filled some other tanks in Balkonda Assembly constituency with Kaleshwaram waters.