Nirmal: Incessant rain in the last 48 hours has led to floods and inundation in various districts of Telangana with Nirmal and Adilabad being the worst hit.
Several areas of Nirmal are under water. The Brahmans colony has been submerged with residents being forced to evacuate, while Gaddenna Vagu in Bhainsa is submerged with flood water. In Auto Nagar around 40 people have been evacuated. The district has received more than 20 cm of rain in 48 hours, affecting normal life and disrupting connectivity in the interior parts.
Since 1 June, the district has received 661 mm of rainfall against the normal 414 mm, indicating 59 per cent excess rainfall during the period. The average rainfall in the district was 146 mm. Narsapur (G) mandal registered the highest rainfall, 245 mm, followed by Kuntala mandal at 211 mm. Mudhole, Bhainsa, Lokeshwaram, Sarangapur, Tanur, Nirmal, Laxmanachanda, Nirmal Rural, and Mamada mandals recorded between 110 and 180 mm of rainfall. Dilawalpur in Nirmal district registered 23.6 cm rainfall on Thursday morning even as rains continued to lash the district till afternoon.
Due to the weather conditions, the South Central Railway has cancelled 15 trains, including those from Hyderabad to Mumbai, from Nanded to Mumbai, and from Mumbai to Visakhapatnam.
Crops were damaged after floodwater was released from Kadam project and 16 floodgates opened on Thursday. Officials lifted 32 gates of the Srisailam Project and released two lakh cusecs of water in the Godavari basin in Telangana. The inflows to SRSP are 4 lakh cusecs. Also, floodwater gushed out from the floodgates of Sriram Sagar project on Thursday. Massive crop damages have been reported from various Kadam project.
Several villages have been cut off either because roads have been damaged or floodwaters are overflowing on to the roads. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has asked officials to take the assistance of the NDRF to carry out rescue operations in the affected areas.
The IMD meanwhile predicted extremely heavy rainfall in Adilabad, Komaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagital,Nirmal,Nizamabad, Rajanna Sirsilla, and Kamareddy districts. It also warned of flooding and water-logging in low-lying areas of Telangana. The IMD said there could be disruption in rail, road transport, and electricity. Besides, it warned of clogging of drains and submerging of agricultural land. There are also apprehensions of crop damages and overflowing of reservoirs and lakes.
The low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood persists. The associated cyclonic circulation extends up to 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height, according to the weather observatory body.