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240 sheep washed away in flood waters from Mid Manair Dam

Water flowing out of the Mid Manair Dam (Sri Raja Rajeshwara) reservoir in Boinpalli mandal in Rajanna-Sircilla district on Saturday. This the first time water is since its construction.

Water flowing out of the Mid Manair Dam (Sri Raja Rajeshwara) reservoir in Boinpalli mandal in Rajanna-Sircilla district on Saturday. This the first time water is since its construction.   | Photo Credit: Byarrangement

The animals were grazing in the flood flow canal

At least 240 sheep are reported to have been washed away in the flood waters of the Mid Manair Dam (Sri Raja Rajeshwara) reservoir at Pothuru village of Illanthakunta mandal on Saturday.

Following the MMD receiving about 15 tmcs of water, the irrigation authorities lifted five flood gates to release about 10,000 cusecs of the water downstream into the LMD reservoir on Friday night.

As there was no information about the opening of the flood gates, some 13 shepherds who were grazing their flocks of sheep comprising over 1200 animals in the flood flow canal were taken unawares.

As the water rushed through the flood flow canal after the dam gates were opened the shepherds tried to get their flock of animals from harm’s way. However, some 240 animals have reportedly been washed away in the swirling waters. Further, a buffalo died in the flood waters in Katkuru village of the Illanthakunta mandal. The animal husbandry department officials were conducting the survey to trace the missing sheep.

On Saturday, the irrigation officials lifted 25 flood gates to release about 42,778 cusecs of water into the LMD reservoir.

In Karimnagar district, the revenue authorities alerted the people living along the shores of the flood flow canal about the release of flood waters. Meanwhile, Karimnagar legislator Gangula Kamalakar along with TRS leaders offered prayers for the river Godavari at LMD reservoir on the outskirts of Karimnagar town.

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