15 villages in Adilabad inundated; Nizamabad and Warangal districts too face the brunt
Some 15 villages in Jainad and Bela mandals of Adilabad district continued to be surrounded by water on Wednesday as flood waters breached the banks of the Penganga river which came in spate the previous day. The river which flows along the district’s border with Maharashtra also caused flooding of the Tatichettu Orre stream in Sirpur (T) mandal cutting off road link to the interior Koutala and Bejjur mandals.
All through the day, the mighty river flowed above the 14-metre mark and discharged huge amounts of water downstream continuously since Tuesday afternoon. The discharge at the inter-State road bridge at Dollara village was estimated to be over 3 lakh cusecs or over 1 tmcft per hour.
A couple of thousand acres of cotton and soya bean fields in the villages lying on the bank of the river were inundated despite the water showing signs of receding towards the evening. Though initially there was some difficulty, the district administration sent teams of officials to assess the situation and provide relief wherever necessary in the afternoon.
At one stage, the flood looked like leaving an impact on the ongoing panchayat election as polling officials could not reach respective centres in view of the day being the last one for withdrawals of nominations. Though Adilabad MLA Jogu Ramanna urged the State Election Commission to postpone election in a dozen gram panchayats in the two mandals, the administration’s effort resulted in the process getting complete.
Meanwhile, inflows continued into Kadem reservoir which necessitated opening of two gates to release the flood water. In order to maintain the level of water at 697 ft against a full reservoir level of 700 ft the outflow was pegged at 14,000 cusecs.
Revenue authorities pressed into service country boats for people to cross the Tatichettu Orre near Tonkini in Sirpur (T) mandal and the local stream at Parigam in Koutala mandal. The streams could not discharge into Penganga due to the latter's swollen flow.
Rainwater enters houses
Nizamabad Staff Reporter writes: The incessant rain since last night resulted in inundation of several places in the district headquarters town and also in remote Madnur mandal area. Rainwater entered the houses at Islampur, Pragathinagar, Chandrasekhar Nagar, Gouthamnagar and some Muslim minority areas in the town and residents spent sleepless night while trying to empty out the water with bowls.
Raghunatha tank in the town is full to its brim and a huge quantity of water is coming out from its spillway. Certain localities abutting the tank were submerged due to this water. A big tree was uprooted near the camp office of the Superintendent of Police affecting the movement of vehicular traffic. Transportation was cut off at Babulgoan and its neighbouring villages in Madnur mandal with a local stream being in full spate.
The district received an average of 62.6 mm rainfall, while Nizamabad town recorded the highest rainfall of 129.60 mm. The lowest rainfall (24.2 mm) recorded in Kammarpally mandal. Over 10,000 cusecs of water is coming into the SRSP and the inflow into the Nizam Sagar is 1,200 cusecs.
Small and medium irrigation projects such as Kalyani and Koulasnala are full with water. However, rain did not cause much damage except to 20 houses in Bodhan division. Collector (in-charge) K. Harshavardhan went round the town early in the morning to observe the rain hit localities. He deployed the revenue and police officials in the rain affected areas to undertake relief and rescue operations wherever they are required.
Warangal Special Correspondent writes: The district witnessed copious rain this season. The highest rainfall was recorded in Eturunagaram mandal at 92.2 mm followed by Hanamkonda whish recorded 72.4 mm. The lowest rainfall was in Bhupalpally that registered 5.8 mm followed by Lingala Ghanpur that recorded 8.4 mm. In Eturungaram mandal, several villages abutting the forest were submerged and were cut off from the mandal headquarters. The ITDA officials were on alert procuring country and motor boats to begin rescue and relief operations in case the rain continued. They were keeping a vigil at the Ramannagudem on the banks of the Godavari which was flowing in full spate.
Meanwhile in district headquarters, several low lying residential areas were marooned in rainwater. The Ramakrishna Colony in Kazipet, Desaipet area, SBH Colony, Ursgutta and others in Warangal town and Teachers Colony, TV Tower area, Vidyanagar, Sammaiah Nagar and others in Hanamkonda were submerged.
Relief for farmers
At several localities, the rain water entered the houses.However, as against the normal rainfall of 294.9 mm for June-July period, the district so far received 247.9 mm. The district witnessed a dry spell for long time even after onset of monsoon. The two-day rain brought much relief for the farming community as they expected recharge of groundwater table.
Poll staff in Adilabad could not reach their centres in time on last day of withdrawals In Nizamabad, transportation cut off at some villages; town records 129.60 mm rainfall
Poll staff in Adilabad could not reach their centres in time on last day of withdrawals
In Nizamabad, transportation cut off at some villages; town records 129.60 mm rainfall