Siddipet: Siddipet district has recorded the highest excess rainfall figure among all the 33 districts of the State in the first three months of the current monsoon season. Against the normal rainfall of 500mm in the first three months of the rainy season, the district received 913.7mm rainfall, registering 83 per cent excess rainfall as […]
Siddipet: Siddipet district has recorded the highest excess rainfall figure among all the 33 districts of the State in the first three months of the current monsoon season.
Against the normal rainfall of 500mm in the first three months of the rainy season, the district received 913.7mm rainfall, registering 83 per cent excess rainfall as on Tuesday morning at 8.30 am. Siddipet is followed by Narayanpet and Warangal Urban districts that witnessed 69 and 61 per cent excess rainfall respectively while Yadadri Bhongir and Rajanna Siricilla districts received 56 and 53 per cent excess rainfall respectively. Telangana recorded 24 per cent excess rainfall during the period with most parts of the State receiving copious rains this year. In fact, Siddipet received excess rainfall in the first three months of the monsoon compared to its annual normal rainfall of 784 mm.
The heavy rains filled most of the minor irrigation tanks and medium irrigation projects to the brim. Despite a 20 day dry spell in August, the district received one of the heaviest rain in its history during the monsoon. Kondapak Mandal received 163 per cent excess rainfall while nine other mandals recorded more than 100 per cent excess rainfall during the monsoon.
Over 2,150 of the 3,516 minor irrigation tanks in the district were filled to the brim. Ranganayakaka Sagar and Kondapochamma Sagar, the reservoirs built under Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, were also brimming with water while irrigation authorities have started filling Mallanna Sagar. The groundwater table in the district has also risen considerably due to incessant rains.
Finance Minister T Harish Rao on Tuesday instructed the officials concerned to take up repair of roads damaged due to heavy rains in the past couple of days and also restore power supply across the district.
After coming to know that water was overflowing onto roads in 48 places across the district, Harish Rao directed them to take up repair works if roads or retaining walls were damaged. He also asked the officials to restore power supply in Dhoolmitta and Maddur mandals that was disrupted due to heavy rains.
Asking them to pay compensation declared to families whose houses were damaged due to rains immediately, the Minister also asked the official machinery to identify the farmers whose livestock or cattle died due to rains. He said that they will shortly distribute the compensation to such farmers.
He also suggested the minor irrigation authorities ensure the tanks were not breached due to rains, by strengthening them. Collector P Venkatrami Reddy, Additional Collector Mujammil Khan, Trainee Collector Praful Desai, RDOs Jayachandra Reddy, Vijayendra Reddy, and others were present.