Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), on the evening of 16 August, issued a red alert for Telangana for the next 24 hours and predicted heavy to very heavy rain in the state.
It also predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers in Hyderabad for the next two days. The IMD also warned that rainwater may inundate roads in low-lying areas and urged people to restrict their movements. It also warned against wet and slippery roads, uprooting of trees and electric poles, power cuts, and clogged drains.
An elderly couple has been rescued and evacuated from an inundated area by DRF in Warangal.
Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday appealed to all the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) units and Red Cross volunteers to actively participate in the relief and rehabilitation services in the flood-hit areas of the State.
The director of enforcement, vigilance, disaster management, on Sunday, tweeted, “DRF teams working round the clock in view of the incessant rains in the city. Tree falls, water stagnations & citizen assistance calls being attended to on priority. Dial 040-29555500 for assistance. We are prepared for all contingencies (sic).”
The commissioner of Hyderabad, Anjani Kumar, also tweeted, “Heavy rains expected in the city. Our teams are ready to provide any assistance you need.” He provided a list of numbers of various control rooms in the city.
Several tanks and canals in the state are overflowing following the rains. The chief secretary has urged district collectors to set up a control room in every district. He said a state control room (040-23450624) has also been set up.
Hyderabad 040-29555500 or dial 100, Ranga Reddy 040- 23230813/ 23230817, and Vikarabad: 040- 6305954956.
According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society, Asif Nagar received 21.8 mm rainfall, the highest in the city, till 9:30 p.m on Sunday while Mujigi in Nirmal district received the highest rainfall of 87.8 mm in the state.
The IMD weather interference on 16 August said, “The low-pressure area over Jharkhand and adjoining Gangetic West Bengal now lies over south Jharkhand and neighbourhood. The associated cyclonic circulation extends up to 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height. It is very likely to move west northwestwards and weaken during the next 24 hours.” It added that a fresh low-pressure area is likely to form over the north Bay of Bengal around 19 August.[amp-tweet tweetid=""]