IMD points orange alert for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana; worry floods

Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, October 11

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday has directed officials, and people to remain vigilant and cautious regarding the Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) warning, that has predicted heavy to very heavy rains across the state over the next two days.

The state has been witnessing heavy rains for the last two days.

State Chief Secretary, Somesh Kumar, has issued a directive to all district magistrates, and district police chiefs to stay on high alert.

In the letter, the Chief Secretary said, that he would be monitoring the situation along with the district collectors, superintendents of police, and also the police commissioners at regular intervals, and take necessary relief measure.

All have been directed to stay stationed in their headquarters, and respond to people to avert unnecessary losses to lives and property.

IMD has predicted heavy to heavy rain at isolated places in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for the next three days.

An orange alert has been sounded in both states.

It is predicted, that flooding in low lying areas is expected, which could lead to submerged agricultural lands and flooding in certain parts of cities, due to overflowing reservoirs.

Traffic would be restricted, and the movement would be controlled.

The IMD has also issued a yellow alert for October 14 and 15—predicting thunderstorms, lightning, and rain.

Among the affected districts, the highest rainfall was recorded at Siddipet in Habshipur of the Dubbak Mandal (97.3 mm), followed by the Kohir Mandal of Sanareddy district (90.5 mm) in the last 24 hours.

The Cyclone Warning Centre has also issued an alert for squally winds reaching 45 Kmph or more, and light to moderate rainfall for the next three hours across several districts of Andhra Pradesh.

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