Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar has placed the entire State administration on alert and urged the district administrations to take all measures to ensure safety of people’s lives and properties as a precautionary measure in view of the red alert issued by the IMD for Telangana State in the wake of Cyclone Gulab.
Somesh Kumar, who is in New Delhi with Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on an official visit, held a teleconference with the State and district officials on Sunday. The officials were directed to establish control rooms in all district collectorates to mitigate the threat posed by the cyclonic storm and evacuate people residing in low-lying areas in coordination with the police department.
The irrigation department officials were advised to constantly monitor the irrigation projects as well as tanks which are full to their capacity and overflowing due to increased inflows. He wanted the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and also the State DRF to join the relief and rescue operations.
Due to heavy rains since Saturday evening, life came to halt in several parts of the State. Torrential downpour lashed several places in the districts of Hyderabad, Medchal-Malkajgiri, Rangareddy, Nalgonda, Yadadri Bhongir, Sangareddy, Rajanna Siricilla, Suryapet, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Siddipet, Medak and Karimnagar.
Road connectivity was snapped in many places in rural parts of the State due to overflowing streams and canals. Power supply was disrupted throughout the night in several places. However, it was restored on Sunday morning. The officials have been put on alert and were asked to extend all help to the people living residing in low-lying areas in their respective districts. Mamakannu in Gundala mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem witnessed the highest rainfall of 12.3 cm in the State, followed by Pochampalli in Karimnagar district with 6.3 cm. Kunaram in Peddapalli district and Avunuru in Rajanna Siricilla district recorded 6 cm rainfall.
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