Hyderabad: Telangana saw some respite from rains on Tuesday after incessant downpour since Sunday under the influence of cyclone Gulab. Even as the rain clouds moved towards Maharashtra and Gujarat, several districts were still reeling under the impact of heavy rains in the past couple of days with most water bodies including rivers, rivulets, streams and tanks continuing to overflow in the aftermath of the downpour.
One person was washed away in an overflowing stream near Pulusumamidi village in Vikarabad late on Monday night when he attempted to cross the stream on his two-wheeler. The victim was identified as Ishaq Pasha, a bike mechanic working in Hyderabad.
All the major irrigation projects in the Godavari basin in north Telangana were in spate, prompting Irrigation Department officials to lift gates in most projects on Tuesday. The department also issued a red alert for people living in areas downstream of Sriram Sagar Project (SRSP) on Monday night asking them not to go near project areas and river banks.
Officials lifted the gates in more than half a dozen reservoirs including the Kadem project in Nirmal district and Medigadda barrage in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, to release water downstream. At Medigadda barrage, officials lifted 79 of the 85 gates to let out 8.5 lakh cusecs of water into Godavari River.
Following heavy rains till Monday midnight, low-lying areas were inundated in Nizamabad, Rajanna Sircilla, Nirmal and Karimnagar districts. The overflowing streams and water bodies affected road connectivity to some villages. A portion of Madanapalli and Amrad road in Nizamabad district was washed away, affecting traffic movement in the area. A few areas in Nizamabad town were under sheets of water and local authorities shifted the residents to relief camps.
In Ayyavaripally, Rangareddy district, a stream overflowed onto the road and disrupted vehicular traffic. A truck got stuck in the overflowing waters at Buggamadaram Bridge, Chintalapalem mandal in Suryapet. Rainwater at the District Collector’s office in Rajanna Sircilla, forced the Collector, Anurag Jayanti and other officials to board a tractor to come out of the office complex.
The State average rainfall on Tuesday was 50.6 mm against the normal rainfall of 4.5 mm. According to the TSDPS report, the highest rainfall of 24.8 mm was recorded at Ailapur in Jagtial, followed by 24.5 mm at Tanur in Nirmal and 21.5 mm at Bhainsa, Nirmal. Officials said the cyclone had weakened into a well-marked low pressure and heavy rain was likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts on Wednesday.
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