Unprecedented rains lash Telangana; average annual rainfall recorded in just one day

Unprecedented and record-breaking rains lashed Telangana on the adjoining night of Wednesday and Thursday. Telangana’s average rainfall in a year was almost recorded in a single day. East and Central Telangana witnessed heavy downpour ranging up to 650mm in some parts. Venkatapur mandal in Mulugu is the worst affected with a rainfall of 649mm from 8 am on July 26 till 8 am on July 27. The 649mm rainfall is the highest ever recorded rainfall in 24 hours in any part of Telangana in history and the state cumulative 24 hours average was 97.7mm, which is also an all-time record.

Most of the districts in Telangana received heavy to very heavy rains due to the convergence of Low Pressure Area in the state. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Limits too received heavy rainfall up to 50mm and reports indicate that the rainfall may cross 100mm by the end of the day. 

Very heavy rains lashed as many as 8 districts in Telangana and 11 districts witnessed heavy rains. Due to the incessant rains, many reservoirs in the state are filled to the brim with heavy inflows and some low lying areas were inundated with flood water. Many rivers and rivulets are in full spate and the Godavari river near Bhadrachalam is flowing near the third danger level mark. 

In the wake of pounding rains, the government officials and the police force are on high alert and extending the necessary relief measures. The public representatives are visiting the flood-affected areas to aid rescue and relief operations and reaching out to the stranded people. In Hyderabad, the city police and the Disaster Response Team are monitoring the situation, clearing  water logging, and attending emergency calls from the citizens. 

As the state remains on red alert, the officials are advising the public to not venture out unless very essential. In case of any emergency, the public can Dial 100, or call 040-21111111 or 9000113667 for any rain-related assistance in the GHMC area.