Over 9,500 evacuated following heavy rains in erstwhile Warangal

Members of the Disaster Response Force who were despatched from Hyderabad, rescuing people from a flooded locality in Warangal city on Sunday.

Warangal: With incessant rains continuing to lash erstwhile Warangal district, authorities shifted at least 9,500 people to safety in various parts of the erstwhile district on Sunday.

With the water level of Godavari at Ramannagudem Pushkar Ghat in Mulugu district touching 9.90 metres on Sunday, and tanks and rivulets overflowing, authorities evacuated at least 6,000 people from low-lying villages in six mandals of the district to relief centres.

More than 3,500 people were shifted to 13 relief centres in Warangal city as the low-lying areas were submerged by the floodwaters. Chitakodur Vaagu in Jangaon district was also overflowing due to incessant rains. The house of one Dandu Renuka had collapsed due to the heavy rain at Bommera village in Palakurthy mandal.

Another 1,000 people have also been shifted to relief centres in Mangapet mandal from villages situated on the banks of Godavari. Zilla Parishad chairperson Kusuma Jagadeeshwar and Mulugu MLA Seethakka are overseeing the evacuation process.

Meanwhile, the overflowing Jampanna Vaagu which runs along the Medaram shrine has resulted in the inundation of several villages. Road connectivity was also cut off to several villages with Jeedi Vaagu also in spate.

The road near the historic Ramappa temple has been submerged by floodwater causing disruption to vehicular movement between Venkatapur and Ganapuram mandals. One of the most sought-after tourist places, Laknavaram Lake is overflowing six feet above the weirs.

Venkatapuram (Nuguru) mandal recorded 23.36 cm of rainfall on Sunday. In Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, road connectivity was snapped to several villages as the Morancha Vaagu and Chali Vaagu are overflowing. People are being shifted to safety as the water entered houses in villages of Mahadevpur mandal. Coal production was halted in the open cast mines in Tadicherla and Bhupalpally. The water level in Godavari touched 11.74 metres near Kaleshwaram.

In Warangal Rural district, road connectivity has been cut off to Muddunur village in Duggondi mandal, Patha Govindapur, Kondapur and Ashravelli villages in Nallabelli mandal. Pakhal Lake is also overflowing from the weirs.

Mulugu District Collector S Krishna Aditya said that they had kept two-speed boats, one at Kondai and the other one at Eturunagaram, ready to rescue the flood victims. “We have also kept the expert swimmers ready for the help of the people besides keeping the adequate lifejackets,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Katakshapur causeway on Warangal-Mulugu highway (NH-163) was completely submerged, and the bridge near Govindaraopet over Dayyala Vaagu caved in. The road between Pasra to Medaram was also completely submerged by the Jampanna vaagu. Road connectivity was snapped between Kanthanapally and Etur with Sudda Vaagu in full spate.

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