Hyderabad: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued a flash flood risk (FFR) alert for Telangana for the next 24 hours.
It said there was moderate to high chances of flash floods in the next 24 hours in the districts of Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam, Adilabad, Bhuvanagiri, Asifabad, Mancherial, Nirmal, Warangal, Peddapalli Karimnagar, Rajanna Siricilla, Jayashankar Bhupalpalle, Mulugu, Jagtial, Mahbubabad, and Janagoan.
Heavy to very heavy rains to continue over the city for the next few hours. Citizens are advised to stay indoors and take all precautionary measures. DRF teams on field attending to emergency calls. Dial 040-29555500 for DRF assistance. @KTRTRS @arvindkumar_ias @CommissionrGHMC pic.twitter.com/lFVNbN6CH4— Director EV&DM, GHMC (@Director_EVDM) September 27, 2021
Heavy to very heavy rains to continue over the city for the next few hours. Citizens are advised to stay indoors and take all precautionary measures. DRF teams on field attending to emergency calls. Dial 040-29555500 for DRF assistance. @KTRTRS @arvindkumar_ias @CommissionrGHMC pic.twitter.com/lFVNbN6CH4
According to the IMD, the cyclonic storm Gulab has now intensified into a deep depression and lays over 18.4° north latitude and 82.8° east longitude around 110 km of Jagdalpur and 140 km of Kalingapatnam. Due to this, a few districts of Telangana is likely to see very heavy to extremely heavy rain.
"At present, the deep depression lays over Telangana and its adjoining areas and under its influence Telangana is very likely to see very heavy to extremely heavy rains in a few districts. During the next 24 hours, Telangana is likely to witness winds of 30-40 kmph gasping to 45 kmph," said K. Nagarathna, a scientist from the Meteorological Centre, Hyderabad.
She further said for the last three hours the deep depression has been moving west at a speed of 14 kmph.
Sushant Kumar Behera, the NDRF team commandant, told the media that after the cyclone, there is a chance of a flash flood and his team is ready for any situation. "The Kalingapatnam area is vulnerable. When cyclone Gulab made landfall here many trees were uprooted and roads were blocked. Since Sunday, our team has been clearing the roads. On Monday, we removed two trees from the road. The landfall was not intense and we did not evacuate any people but after the cyclone, a flood situation may arise and we may evacuate people. Our team is ready to handle any situation," he said.