BHUPALPALLY/KHAMMAM/ADILABAD/NIZAMABAD/KHAMMAM: Torrential rains lashed several parts of Adilabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagtial, Mancherial, Pedapalli, Karimnagar, Sircilla, Kamareddy, Warangal, Bhupalpally, Mahabubabad, Khammam and Bhadradri-Kothagudem districts in the last 24 hours bringing normal life to a grinding halt, even as farmers are happy that timely arrival of rain had saved their crops.Though no causalities and property damage have so far been reported, many villages in these districts were inundated. Several roads were filled with water making it tough for commuters to reach their destinations. Many low-lying areas were inundated due to heavy rains.
Traffic on National Highway 163 passing through Bhupalpally district near Pasra in Govindraopet mandal came to a standstill as rain water started flowing on the roads. Heavy rain lashed Eturnagaram area and people were forced to confine to their homes. Nizamabad, Kamareddy and Mahabubabad districts also witnessed heavy rain making it difficult for people to commute. Likewise, several streams in Jayashanakar Bhupalpally and Warangal Rural districts were also overflowing. Boggula Vagu, Ankannagudem, Janganna Gudem and Panchalothu Vagu streams have swelled in the last 24 hours.
Warangal city also received heavy rain and Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation(GWMC) had formed “response force” to evacuate people living in the low-lying areas. Similarly, heavy rain in Bhadrachalam agency area disrupted normal life. Heavy inflows into Taliperu project forced officials to release water into Godavari river from Taliperu project. Due to heavy inflows into reservoir the officials lifted 11 gates and released 42,150 cusecs water into Godavari. Meanwhile, Godavari level was rising at Bhadrachalam due to heavy inflows from upper catchment area and on Saturday night the flood level was at 20 feet. Highest rainfall was recorded in Cherla mandal with 84 mm and Mulakalapalli mandal witnessed 56.8 mm and 56.8 mm in Dammapet mandals in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district.
Cop trapped in stream rescued
Nageswara Rao, a constable working with Nallabelli police station in Warangal rural district, was trapped in Panchalothu Kunta in Mulugu mandal, when he tried to cross it. He managed to get hold of a tree branch in the stream. He was returning home after attending a funeral of his colleague ASI Saraiah. He uploaded a video of him trapped in the stream. Following this, local police rescued him.