Rains continue to lash state

rain2Heavy rains continued to lash several parts of AP and Telangana states for the third day on sunday throwing normal life out of gear and forcing officials to set up control rooms to meet the flood threat. Hyderabad city too experiencing monsoon with continuous drizzle. Warangal, Khammam and Adilabad were the worst-hit in Telangana with overflowing streams and rivulets blocking road traffic, marooning low-lying areas and cutting road connectivity to dozens of villages. Water level in the Godavari at Bhadrachalam has been steadily increasing creating panic among people living in low-lying areas. The water level at Bhadrachalam stood at 24 ft on Saturday afternoon, up from 11 ft on Friday evening. In AP, all the major rivers except Penna are in spate. Irrigation officials have lifted the gates of Prakasam barrage across river Krishna in Vijayawada and Arthur Cotton barrage across the Godavari at Dhowleswaram in East Godavari to let out the flood discharge into the sea. Vamsadhara and Nagavalli rivers too, received heavy flood inflows thanks to incessant rains in the catchment area in Odisha. Rain water entered many colonies in Warangal, Khammam.
Five deaths have been reported so far from Telangana since the advent of the southwest monsoon. Coal production continued to be affected in the Singareni open cast mines in Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad. On Saturday, about 50,000 tonnes of coal production was affected as rain water entered the open cast mining area. Continuous rain has also affected the ongoing Pushkaram work in both the states. However, with the Godavari receiving copious inflows, there would be no shortage of water for the once-in-12-years river festival.Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department said that the well-marked low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal has concentrated into a depression. Kakinada, Amalapuram, and Visakhapatnam airport in Andhra Pradesh recorded 170 mm rainfall while Koida in Khammam district received 160 mm.

The IMD, Hyderabad centre, predicted moderate to heavy rain or thundershowers at many places over Telangana for the next two days.

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