Friday, July 8: Telangana had been alternating between orange and yellow alerts all week owing to incessant rains lashing the state. And now, for the next 24 hours, the alert level has been upgraded to a red warning due to the extremely heavy downpours across the state.
Owing to the monsoon trough and a cyclonic circulation lying over the northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal, off south Odisha-north Andhra Pradesh coasts, parts of Telangana will experience extremely heavy rainfall on Saturday, July 9.
Furthermore, fairly widespread to widespread rains, thunderstorms and lightning with isolated heavy rains have been forecast over the state for the next five days — until next Wednesday, July 13.
Accordingly, Telangana has been placed on a red warning (meaning “take action” to be safe from the extreme weather) for July 9, and an orange alert (meaning “be prepared”) for July 10.
As for district-level alerts, Nizamabad, Jagtial, Rajanna Sircilla, Khammam, Karimnagar Mulugu and Peddapalle districts will be on orange alert today, July 9.
Meanwhile, persistent heavy rains this week have resulted in flooding in many parts of the state.
On Friday, at least 25 schoolchildren had a narrow escape in Telangana’s Mahabubnagar district, after their private school bus was caught in floods while passing under a railway bridge. The road was submerged due to heavy rains in the area. The driver tried to drive the vehicle through stagnant water under the bridge but was stranded midway. Locals rescued the students after the water entered the bus, but nearly half of the vehicles in the locality got submerged. Once the children were brought to safety, the bus was pulled out with the help of a tractor.
Despite a slow start to the monsoon in June, Telangana has more than made up for the rains lost in the past week. And between June 1 and July 8, the state saw excess rains, registering 260.6 mm of rainfall – 46% more than its normal (178.9) for the period.
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