Anticipating severe rains, the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao held a high-level review meeting earlier this week with all the officials.

Telangana on alert as rains submerge standing crops IMD issues warningImage: Wikimedia Commons/Meera'rah
news Weather Monday, August 20, 2018 - 07:44

Telangana continued to receive heavy rainfall since Saturday, disrupting normal life and inundating several acres of cultivated land across the state.

The showers began on Saturday after a low pressure area formed over northwest Bay of Bengal.

According to media reports, the highest rainfall in the state was recorded at Mahbubabad town with 15 cm, followed by Garla with 13 cm and areas like Bayyaram and Dornakal, which received 12 cm.

Issuing a 48-hour alert across the state, the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) stated that heavy to very heavy rain was likely to occur over the districts of Adilabad, Kumram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagitial, Rajanna Sircilla, Peddapally, Karimnagar, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Warangal (Urban and Rural) , Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam, Suryapet, Nirmal, Nizamabad and Kamareddy on Monday.

Meanwhile, officials said that about one lakh acres of standing crop was inundated according to initial estimates, due to the showers that the state received. 

Stating that nearly 75% of this area was in the districts of Adilabad and Kumram Bheem Asifabad where overflowing rivers entered the fields, Principal Secretary Agriculture C. Parthasarathi said that the real damage could only be inferred once the water receded, The Hindu reported

Last week, a flood alert was sounded in Adilabad as the swelling Penganga River posed a threat to villages in the Jainad mandal.

Though Adilabad received a rainfall of just 1.4 mm, it was the upstream flow of water from Maharashtra which created a flood-like situation.

Anticipating severe rains, the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday held a high-level review meeting with all the officials, including the Director General of Police, and instructed the state official machinery to be vigilant. 

The CM had also directed authorities to be prepared for any emergency, in case it witnesses incessant rainfall over the next couple of days.   

He also asked his colleagues – ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs – to be available for people in their respective districts and constituencies, and monitor the relief work.  

Further, he directed the State Secretariat and a senior officer to review the situation around the clock. 

 

 

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