Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has raised the alarm in Telangana, issuing a ‘Red Alert’ for the next two days as the state braces for torrential downpours. According to the IMD’s forecast, several regions in Telangana are likely to experience heavy to very heavy to extremely heavy rains.
In the crosshairs of the looming deluge are Karimnagar, Peddapally, Khammam, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Mahbubabad, and Warangal districts, where isolated areas may face heavy to very heavy rain, including the possibility of extremely heavy precipitation.
Further, the IMD has indicated that Nirmal might also bear the brunt of heavy to very heavy rain in isolated pockets. Khammam, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Mahbubabad, Janagaon, Siddipet, Yadadri, and Bhuvanagiri districts are on alert for heavy to extremely heavy rainfall from 8:30 a.m. on July 26 to 8:30 a.m. on July 27, 2023.
Residents across Nizamabad, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Warangal, Hanamkonda, and Nirmal districts are urged to stay vigilant as they face potential heavy to very heavy rainfall. Adding to the weather woes, thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds of 40-50 kmph are also expected to batter the region.
The IMD has also warned of a light to moderate risk of Flash Floods until 5:30 p.m. on July 26, 2023. With the ground already saturated, surface runoff and inundation may occur in some low-lying areas of Peddapally, Jayashankar Bhupalpalle, Mulugu, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Vikarabad, Jagitial, Kamareddy, Medak, Jogulamba Gadwal, Wanaparty, Mahbubnagar, and Narayanpet districts.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad’s Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has already witnessed significant rainfall. As of July 26, 8 a.m., Mehdipatnam circle recorded the highest rainfall at 4.3 cm, closely followed by the Karwan circle with 3.7 cm and Alwal circle with 3.1 cm.
Despite the monsoon-induced challenges, the GHMC is actively addressing public grievances. Out of the 235 complaints of water stagnation received, 202 have been successfully resolved, and the remaining 33 are under processing. Additionally, 27 complaints of fallen trees were reported, all of which have been promptly attended to.
As the state readies itself for the onslaught of heavy rains, authorities urge citizens to take necessary precautions, stay indoors during the severe weather conditions, and remain updated on official advisories.