Two teenagers were swept away in a flooded stream of Toorpu Vagu in Telangana’s Mahabubnagar district Tuesday as heavy as heavy rain continued to batter the state.
Swati, 18, and her neighbour Anusha, 17, of Kondeda in Jadcherla, were reportedly on their way to the agriculture field and their bodies were recovered about a kilometre away.
On the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, extremely heavy rainfall was reported at several locations across the state, with Vailpur in Nizamabad recording up to 46.3 cm of rain, the third-highest 24-hour precipitation in the state since 2004.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert (very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall) at isolated places in districts such as Khammam, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Mahabubabad, Janagaon, Siddipet, Yadadri Bhuvanagari and Hyderabad districts on Wednesday.
An orange alert (heavy to very heavy rain) has been issued for Nizamabad, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Warangal, Hanumakonda, Rangareddy, Medchal Malkajgiri, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak, and Kamareddy districts.
Districts such as Nirmal, Jagityal, Rajanna Sircilla, Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Mulugu, Mahabubnagar, Adilabad, Kumuram Bheem Asifabad, Wanaparthy, Narayanpet, Jogulamba Gadwal, and Nagarkurnool are also likely to receive heavy rainfall.
In view of incessant heavy rains in the state, Honourable Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao instructed state Education minister Smt Sabita Indra Reddy to declare holidays for two days tomorrow and day after tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday) for all educational institutions+
— SabithaReddy (@SabithaindraTRS) July 25, 2023
Given the forecast, the state government has announced holidays for all education institutions across the state on Wednesday and Thursday. “In view of incessant heavy rains in the state, Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao instructed state Education minister Smt Sabita Indra Reddy to declare holidays for two days tomorrow and the day after tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday) for all educational institutions in the state and issue orders immediately in this regard,” a note from chief minister’s office stated.
— Telangana Digital Media Wing (@DigitalMediaTS) July 25, 2023
In the IT corridor of Hyderabad, a similar advisory has been issued to companies by the Cyberabad police asking for phase-wise logout of employees to avoid traffic jams on the streets. The Madhapur police shared a list of companies and suggested three different timings for their employees to leave the premises based on the area they are located. While all companies on the IKEA to Cyber Towers road may allow employees to leave at 3 pm, those working near IKEA and the surroundings of Bio-Diversity Park may leave their offices at 4.30 pm. Similarly, companies located in the Financial District and Gachibowli areas, which include Microsoft, Wiproand Infosys, have been suggested to allow logging out of employees between 3 pm and 6 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
⚠️Rain Alert & Precautionary Measures⚠️
Today & Tomorrow there will be heavy rains. All the people of the state should be careful.
🚫Do not go near electric poles, ponds, and manholes.
✅Go out only if there is any urgent work.
☎️ In case of any emergency, call Police@100. https://t.co/9zpZmuLppl
— Telangana State Police (@TelanganaCOPs) July 25, 2023
On Tuesday, districts such as Mulugu, Wanaparthy, Khammam, and 15 others recorded a moderate cumulative average rainfall. As of 8 am Wednesday, Venkatapuram in Mulugu reported the highest 24-hour rainfall of 14.9 cm, followed by Mallur (14.2 cm) and Mangapet (12.6 cm), also located in Mulugu.
In Hyderabad, the highest maximum rainfall of 4.3 cm for the last 24 hours was recorded in Asifnagar. After initial weeks of deficient rainfall in June, the state’s average cumulative rainfall for the ongoing southwest monsoon season has improved to an excess of 34 per cent. The rainfall recorded in the state in July alone is 87 per cent above normal as of Wednesday.
IMD officials attribute the sudden rise in rainfall to a low-pressure system expected to concentrate into a depression over the west-central and north-west Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts. An IMD official said it is expected to move slowly across north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts, resulting in extremely heavy rainfall in eastern and northeastern Telangana districts on Thursday and northern districts on Friday.