Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday instructed the official machinery to be alert and vigilant in view of the heavy rain forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad centre, in the next two days.
The CM told the Chief Secretary SK Joshi to issue instructions to the District Collectors to be available in respective districts, take precautionary measures and if necessary take up the required relief activities.
The instructions came after the IMD released a weather warning for farmers on Saturday and forecast light to moderate rain or thundershowers at most places across Telangana. The department predicted the rains to occur on Sunday and extend till Tuesday.
IMD predicted that the districts of Adilabad, Nirmal, Mancherial, Asifabad, Peddapalli, Karimnagar, Jagtial, Sircilla, Warangal, Bhupalpallly, Kothagudem, Khammam, Mahbubnagar and Jangaon will see rainfall.
Though a rain alert was issued, the weatherman expects the rainfall to dip over the coming days. The depression that was active in the North West of the Bay of Bengal, has moved inland thus weakening into a low-pressure system. This weather system was initially headed north-west into the country, reducing the potential of rainfall in Telangana, said MET department officials who have since revised their rainfall alert.
â€śThough monsoon winds are active, we can only expect light to moderate rainfall scattered across the State over the next few days, mainly in northern Telangana,â€ť said YK Reddy, Director-in-Charge for IMD in Hyderabad to The Hindu.
The maximum rainfall received in Telangana was clocked at 23.5 mm, recorded at Shantapur of Mancherial. Two locations have received moderate rainfall, recording more than 15.6 mm rain.
As many as 19 districts received normal rainfall till Saturday and four districts, Sangareddy, Medak, Siddipet and Hyderabad has received deficient rainfall.
Until Saturday, eight districts received excess rainfall since the start of monsoon season on June 1, according to Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), reported The New Indian Express. The eight districts that received excess rainfall this monsoon season are Adilabad, Asifabad, Bhupalpally, Kothagudem, Mahbubabad, Warangal (Urban), Mahbubnagar and Khammam.
In Adilabad, the rainfall this monsoon season was 48 per cent above than normal and the district received 611.7 mm till now, against the normal 412.8 mm.