Heavy rainfall has triggered flooding in several districts of the state of Telangana, southern India, forcing hundreds to leave their homes for safer ground.
The Hyderabad, Telangana office of the India Meteorological Department reported 17 locations in the state saw more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours to 16 August. Eturnagaram in Mulugu district recorded 147.2 mm and Parkal in Warangal district recorded 138.6mm.
More heavy rainfall has been forecast and the state’s Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has asked officials to be on high alert in wake of the flooding.
India’s Central Water Commission said the Godavari river was above the danger mark at Dummugudem in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, and above warning levels at Bhadrachalam in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, and at Eturunagaram in Mulugu district. On 17 August, CWC warned that the Godavari at Bhadrachalam was rising and is likely to reach 3 metres above the danger mark.
Flooding was reported in the state capital, Hyderabad, along with the districts of Mulugu, Warangal and Jayashankar Bhupalpally.
Hundreds of homes were inundated in low-lying areas of Warangal and Jayashankar Bhupalpally, prompting over 1,000 people to move to safer locations, according to media reports. Hundreds of people also evacuated their homes in Mulugu district after flooding from the swollen Godavari river.
A helicopter team from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued 12 farmers trapped in flood waters. Police reported they rescued several people from vehicles swept away by flood waters.
My Constituency has 100 kilometres stretch of Godavari river, I requested Telangana Govt in assembly about flood bank revetment long back, now many poor farmers has to face this disaster @TelanganaCMO please consider my request again and help the farmers.@INCIndia @RahulGandhi pic.twitter.com/YjfnvcQumE
— Danasari Anasuya (Seethakka) (@seethakkaMLA) August 16, 2020
#PeopleAndPolice rescued three from drowning. There were four in the Innova, while passing over a causeway, all of them along with vehicle caught by the flood water.
Dear Citizens – Please Do Not Risk moving across the flooded roads/areas.#TelanganaRains2020 #SiddipetPolice https://t.co/FCHtavU1kz
— DGP TELANGANA POLICE (@TelanganaDGP) August 17, 2020
Telangana: Heavy to extremely heavy Rains caused a huge flood in Hanmakonda town .The flood water gushed in to the houses of many lowland areas across the Khazipet and Kakatiya University Road Stretch. pic.twitter.com/8MGtQJEGTp
— Lokesh journo (@Lokeshpaila) August 15, 2020
River #Godavari at #Bhadrachalam in #Bhadradri_Kothagudem District #Telangana is rising above Danger Level and is likely to flow around 51.81m above Mean sea level which will be 3.04 m above Danger Level (10 feet above Danger Level). Hydrograph is appended. pic.twitter.com/r82ogk0798
— Central Water Commission Official Flood Forecast (@CWCOfficial_FF) August 17, 2020