23 devotees rescued from flood water

People wading through flood waters at Relakunta village following incessant rain in Nallabelli mandal on Wednesday.

People wading through flood waters at Relakunta village following incessant rain in Nallabelli mandal on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: M_Murali

They were proceeding to Medaram

As many as 23 devotees, including four children who were stranded in flood waters, were rescued by the police near Medaram on Wednesday.

Superintendent of Police S.G. Patil said that while five devotees hailed from Armoor, 17 were from Warangal, and one from Pasra. They were proceeding to Medaram shrine to offer prayers. However, following the overflowing of Jampanna Vagu, they were caught in the flood waters near Tapamancha village of Project Nagar. As they were stranded, one of them dialled 100 and the police swung into action. The Mulugu police with the help of Fire Department rescue team arrived at the spot and rescued them. They were all safely brought back to Pasra town.

Due to heavy rains in the district, the streams on the Medaram stretch are overflowing and many causeways have been submerged. The devotees who went to Medaram in vehicles got stranded as the water level rose by the time they returned. They tried to drive through the flood water but water entered the car engines, leaving them stranded between Project Nagar and Tappamancha villages.

Mulugu DSP J. Vijaya Saradi was alerted about the situation and he along with Pasra CI A. Srinivas, SI M. Mahender, four CRPF personnel, and four fire department officers rushed to the spot.They reached out to the devotees with rescue material like life jackets, ropes, lifebuoy rings among others. The police brought them out of the causeway using ropes.

Meanwhile, due to heavy rains, the viewing area at Bogatha waterfalls got completely inundated and officials have closed it for tourists. In Mangapet mandal, the Narasimhasagar project got filled to its capacity of 28 feet.

At Laknavaram, the low causeways between Bussapur village and Laknavaram were overflowing. Warangal city too witnessed incessant rain for the past 24 hours and several low lying areas were inundated.

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