Rains flood Warangal, hundreds evacuated

Nallabelli Mandal records 27.02 cm rainfall, highest in State

Warangal: Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was recorded in erstwhile Warangal district, including Warangal city, Hanamkonda and Kazipet, that flooded several low-lying areas on Saturday. Hundreds of people have been evacuated and shifted to relief centres in Warangal city as well as in Narsampet town.

While Nallabelli Mandal in Warangal Rural district recorded 27.02 cm rainfall, highest in the State, it was followed by Shayampet Mandal in Warangal Rural with 23.50 cm and Atmakur with 21.34 cm. Meanwhile, Hanamkonada and Hasanparthy manuals, which mainly fall under the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) limits, received 21.22 cm and 21.08 cm thus inundating several low-lying areas.

Government Chief Whip Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar along with Mayor Gunda Prakash Rao and Warangal Urban Collector Rajiv Gandhi visited flood-affected Ambedkar Nagar, Kakatiya Colony, Sammaiah Nagar and other localities in the city. Nearly 250 people of Vaddera Colony and Sammaiah Nagar have been shifted to relief centres.

The GWMC has set up a toll-free number to receive complaints from the city dwellers regarding floods. People can call at 1800 425 1980, 9100908402, 9701999688 and 9701999659 and send messages through WhatsApp to 7997100300.

Meanwhile, Rangaya Cheruvu at Govindapur village in Nallabelli Mandal is overflowing six feet above the weirs. Narsampet MLA Peddi Sudharshan Reddy visited the tank and directed the officials to take steps to strengthen the bund with 300 sandbags by pressing 50 labourers, tractors and earthmovers. On the other hand, 30 families from NTR Colony in Narsampet town have been shifted to a relief centre. Electric poles and trees were uprooted and roads were also damaged at several places in the erstwhile Warangal district.

Tribal Welfare Minister Satyavathi Rathod, who is stationed at Mahabubabad, has been monitoring the situation in erstwhile Warangal district. She directed the Collectors to set up helpline centres at collectorates. She also asked them to be alert and monitor the situation of the streams and tanks in their respective districts.

She appealed to the public not to venture out of their houses as meteorological officials predicted rains for the next three days. While several streams including Aakeru, Munneru, Chali Vagu and Jampanna Vagu are overflowing, almost all the tanks in the erstwhile district have been filled to the brim.


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