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Flood alert in Telangana district along Godavari river

Flood alert in Telangana district along Godavari river

Hyderabad: In light of the risk of flooding, the Telangana government on Monday issued an alert in the districts located along the Godavari River.

InK. Chandrashekhar Rao, the chief minister, gave Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar the order to inform the collectors and superintendents of police of all the districts within the Godavari catchment area, including Kothagudem and Mulugu.

The flood flow of the Godavari is continuously rising and has crossed 9 lakh cusecs following intense rain in the upper riparian area, according to the Chief Minister's Office, IANS reported.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to set up a control room in the secretariat immediately and monitor the situation from time to time.

Projects across the Godavari were receiving massive inflows.

Authorities have opened 35 crest gates of Sri Ram Sagar to release water downstream. The flood discharge at Sri Ram Sagar is 2.06 lakh cusecs.

As many as 85 gates of Yellampalli reservoir have been opened to let out 6.7 lakh cusecs. The flood discharge at Medigadda is 8.2 lakh cusecs.

This is the second time in two months that the Godavari is witnessing floods. Unprecedented floods in July had caused widespread damage to crops.

Incessant rain for the last 3-4 days has wreaked havoc in parts of Telangana. Some towns and villages have submerged due to continuous rains. In some of the districts, villages were cut off as water was overflowing the roads.

Normal life was hit due to heavy downpours in north Telangana districts. The road traffic was badly affected. In the Mancherial district, national highway 23 was submerged due to an overflowing stream, bringing vehicular traffic to a halt.

Two persons were killed and one injured when a tree fell on a car in the Nirmal district.

Allapalli Bhadradri Kothagudem district recorded the highest rainfall of 35.1 cm during 24 hours that ended at 8.30 a.m. ON Sunday.

According to officials, this is the third highest rainfall in 115 years.

The previous highest rainfall was 35.5 cm on October 6, 1983, in Nizamabad. Koheda in the Nizamabad district had recorded 67.5 cm of rainfall on June 17, 1996.

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