ANDHRA PRADESH

Cloud-seeding exercise pays?

HYDERABAD, JULY 24. The cloud-seeding operations continued for the second day on Saturday, courtesy an overcast sky due to a low-pressure area above the sea.

Authorities claimed rain today also, but the quantity of rainfall received can be ascertained only tomorrow when the recordings by rain-gauges will be available. It is not known whether rain in Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda district where the Agni Aviation aircraft fired five flares of calcium chloride, were due to the low pressure area or the seeding exercise.

The authorities, however, clarified that the exercise "will not create" rain or clouds but "will only enhance" the chances/percentage for it, and added that that "all depends on the availability of suitable clouds".

The flares were burnt around Amangal, Keshampet, Tallakondapalli, Veldanda, Amarabad, Prataprudra Kota, Chenampeta, Devarakonda, Pedavura, Gurrampahad and Nampalli, all mandal headquarters.

The link between the radar control room at Nandyal and the aircraft was fully live today.

Showers `confirmed'

The Minister for Lift Irrigation, M. Mareppa, who is overseeing the operation, cited "confirmation reports" on rain by the Collectors concerned, as follows: Mahabubnagar district: Kondurg 3 mm, Shadnagar 16.4 mm, Balanagar 3.4 mm, Keshampet 5 mm, Amangal 10 mm; Ranga Reddy district: Shahbad 6.9 mm, Moinabad 5 mm, Shamshabad 13.2 mm, Chevella 1.2 mm, Rajendernagar 14.6 mm; and Kurnool district: Bidaluru 2.8 mm.

The Minister said the Collectors of two districts had sent rain samples for analysis at EPTRI.

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