With a heavy downpour pummelling Telangana over the past few days, authorities are keeping a watch on the flood situation even as over 1,000 villagers were evacuated in Karimnagar district.
The water from the under-construction Mid Manair Dam in Boinapally mandal of Karimnagar had started overflowing from the bund and the earthen embankment was breached, resulting in floods in the area.
“Over 1,000 villagers staying in six villages near the Mid Manair dam, which was overflowing, were evacuated last evening. It was a precautionary evacuation... the situation has now improved and they will be sent back today,” Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Pradeep Chandra told PTI today.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had on Sunday directed his ministerial colleagues to stay in their respective districts and monitor the flood situation and supervise relief and rehabilitation works.
In view of the flood situation, Rao cancelled the Cabinet meeting scheduled today and asked the ministers to work in coordination with district-level officials and ensure evacuation of people from the low-lying areas to safer places.
In the wake of the increasing flow into the Godavari river and its tributaries following heavy rains in the catchment areas of the river in Maharashtra, the Chief Minister directed the district ministers, officials and the police in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts, to remain alert.
Rao further directed the Warangal district administration to be on high alert as the river Godavari is in spate. The river is receiving huge inflows, therefore those living on the banks of the river should to be alerted.
Similarly, the CM asked minister T Nageshwara Rao to maintain alertness in Khammam district as the water level in the river could reach the danger level at Bhadrachalam in the district.
“We are taking measures in view of the heavy rains in the past few days in the state, including in Hyderabad, which is unprecedented after the 1908 floods in the city,” he said.
DIG (Warangal Range) Ravi Varma said, “We are keeping a watch on the water level in Warangal and Khammam districts. Our personnel have been deployed in the villages along the river bank, if necessary, the process of evacuation will begin.”