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Red Alert for Telangana as heavy rains continue to batter State, 3 washed away

Published: 6th Sep 2021 9:28 pm

Hyderabad: The erstwhile districts of Khammam and Warangal bore the brunt of monsoon fury on Monday when heavy rains continued to batter Telangana for the sixth consecutive day. Life came to a standstill in cities and towns of these two districts including Warangal with flood waters inundating low-lying areas, snapping road connectivity to villages and swollen rivulets overflowing onto roads.

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The situation is expected to be grim in the next couple of days with the weatherman issuing a ‘Red Alert’ for five districts on Tuesday and four districts on Wednesday. The ‘Red Alert’ for Tuesday covers Peddapally, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem and Khammam while on Wednesday, the warning is for Adilabad, Kumaram Bheem Asifabad, Nirmal and Nizamabad. Almost all the remaining districts in the State have been warned of moderate to heavy rains in the next two days under the influence of a low pressure that has formed over Bay of Bengal.

At least three persons were washed away in separate incident in Kothagudem and Warangal. In Jayamma Colony at Paloncha, an eight-year-old girl, S Anjali, was washed away in flood water flowing down from a nearby hillock. Her body was found at a surplus weir of Rathicheruvu a km away from the colony. In another incident, S Papaiah (70), a fisherman, was washed away at Gommugudem village of Cherla mandal on Sunday and his body is yet to be traced.

In another incident at Nachinapally in erstwhile Warangal district, Reddy Venkat Reddy, a construction worker, was washed away when he fell into an overflowing stream. His body was was retrieved from the stream by the police with the help of locals.

Warangal city saw the worst downpour in five years that flooded low-lying areas and inundated roads prompting policemen to suspend traffic in several parts of the city. The rain, whcih started around 11 am, pounded the city for four hours forcing people to remain indoors. The situation was the same in erstwhile Khammam district, particularly Bhadadri-Kothagudem that took a heavy pounding.

According to Telangana State Development Planning Society, the highest rainfall of 177.3 mm was recorded at Old Kothagudem followed by 167.8 mm rainfall at Sitarampatnam and 165.5 mm at Garimellapadu. At least a dozen locations received heavy rainfall ranging from 117.8 mm to 174.3 mm rainfall.

Following the heavy rains, the various irrigation projects in both Krishna and Godavari basins including Srisailam, Nagarjuna Sagar, Jurala, Sripada Yellampally, were brimming to near capacity, forcing irrigation officials to lift gates and release water.

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