India – Floods in Telangana Prompt Evacuations and Rescues

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.

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