Overflowing streams and rivulets, burst river banks, non-stop downpour from the past four days continued to batter Telugu states. The low-pressure area, formed over northwest Bay of Bengal on Thursday, continued to remain active over Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha bringing fairly widespread to widespread rain with isolated heavy rain and thunderstorm.
With the incoming floodwaters from the two major rivers Krishna and Godavari, along with their tributaries, the irrigation department authorities open sluice gates of some dams and barrages resulting in inundation of low-lying areas. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has kept Andhra Pradesh on ‘Orange Alert’, while Telangana and Odisha are under orange alert from the past 2 days.
Warangal has been the worst-hit in Telangana while the district received heavy rainfall ranging from 10 cm to 27 cm during this period. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation reported that the authorities have already pressed three disaster response force teams to rescue people caught in the floodwater and shift them to safer areas.
Coming to Andhra Pradesh, people Godavari districts are in the grip of fear from the last 24 hours with the fire flooding from Godavari river. A total of 66 villages are cut off from the rest of the world and 19 tribal villages were cut off from the mainland in West Godavari.
In the Krishna basin too, massive inflows were reported with Jurala, Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar receiving floodwater from upper regions. Inflow to Nagarjuna Sagar Project increased to 42,378 cusecs.
The water level in the project touched 566.7 feet as against the full reservoir level of 590 feet. Helplines have been set up in respective district Collectorates and the administration is put on a high alert. Fishermen were advised against venturing into the sea.