Rains continued to play havoc in many parts of Telangana State, including Hyderabad.
The Met department had on Friday warned of heavy rains till September 27. The government alerted the officials of three districts – Adilabada, Karimnagar and Nizamabad about heavy rains and informed the officials about heavy inflow of water at the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) in Nizamabad.
Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao informed the media that the crest gates of SRSP could be opened anytime and this could lead to inundation of the low-lying areas and directed the officials to ensure the evacuation of people from these areas to safer places and relief shelters.
The met department has informed that highest ever rainfall of 39 cm was recorded at Armoor town in Nizamabad district during the last four days. Till now the highest rainfall recorded in Telangana state was in 1989 which was 35.5cm, informed the sources. Water bodies in the district were full to their brim with the incessant rain over the week.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao chaired a review meeting to access the flood situation in the state at Secretariat and directed the officials to speed up the rescue operations. He also asked the officials to prepare estimates of loss of crop and civic infrastructure across the state. (INN)