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The red alert issued for heavy to very heavy rains in Telangana state by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for next 48 hours. Serious advice to people in low-lying areas to take necessary precautions and help with state disaster relief authorities and local police. 

The widespread rains are being attributed to an active southwest monsoon as well as a cyclonic circulation lying over northwest Bay of Bengal in the middle and upper tropospheric levels.

Telangana is likely to witness fairly widespread rains with isolated heavy to very heavy downpours in many places and extremely heavy rain in one or two places till the coming weekend. The Indian Meterological Department issued an orange alert, warning about heavy rains coupled with thunderstorm, lightning and squally winds.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for north Telangana with a warning of heavy to very heavy and extremely heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad,Kumaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagital districts.

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A red alert indicates moderate flooding and inundation in low-lying areas, apart from water pooling on roads. There will be a need for traffic regulation of rail/road/air and congestion will be witnessed at many locations. Apart from social disruptions of water/electricity, there will be crop damage.

The IMD issued orange alert i.e. heavy to very heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places in Nirmal,Nizamabad, Rajanna Sircilla, Karimnagar,Peddapalli, Khammam, Mahabubabad, Warangal (Rural),Warangal (Urban), Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Mulugu and Bhadradri Kothagudem. Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and gusty winds (speed up to 30-40 KMPH) very likely to occur at isolated places in all districts of Telangana.

In Hyderabad, generally cloudy sky, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur in parts of the city.

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IMD Director Naga Ratna said, “Southwest monsoon has been active over Telangana. Heavy to very heavy rain and extremely heavy rain occurred in Kumaram Bheem, Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagtial, Peddapally, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem district on Wednesday. A cyclonic circulation lies over northwest Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood and extends between 3.1 km & 7.6 km above sea level. Under its influence, a low pressure area is expected to form over the northwest Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood.”

According to the officials of Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), Telangana continued to receive moderate and widespread rains since Tuesday night. The highest rainfall of 11 cm, was recorded at Jainoor in Kumuram Bheem Asifabad district over the last 24 hours, followed by 9 cm in Kathlapur and Mallapur of Jagitial district along with Gangadhara of Karimnagar district. Heavy rain occurred at many places in Mulugu district and at a few places in Peddapalli district.

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While the districts of Adilabad, Kumuram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Nirmal, Jagitial, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Kamareddy and Siddipet received heavy rainfall at isolated places, moderate and widespread rains were recorded in all over the State except Nalgonda, Wanaparthy and Narayanpet districts.

Meanwhile, the mining activity has come to a grinding halt in open cast mines of Singareni Collieries Company Limited due to copious rains in Mancherial and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts. The continuous downpour led to the inundation of some open cast mines, forcing the authorities to halt the operations till further orders.

State average cumulative rainfall from 1st June to 21st July, 2021 is 430.1 mm against the normal 283.5 mm with deviation of 52%. GHMC average cumulative rainfall from 1st June to 21st July, 2021 is 368.1 mm, against the normal 219.2 mm with deviation of 68%. #KhabarLive #hydnews

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