15 colonies flooded after heavy rain in Warangal

Waddepally Reservoir Sluices Opened To Let Out Excess Water

Residents of Hanamkonda on Friday heaved a sigh of relief when irrigation department officials managed to get the sluices at the Waddepally reservoir working to let out surplus water rushing into the water body following incessant rains in the district.

The reservoir supplies drinking water to Hanamkonda and Kazipet towns and officials were worried that with increasing inflows into it, the bund might give away resulting in disastrous flooding in Hanamkonda. Irrigation and revenue department officials, however, managed to get the sluice gates at the reservoir to operate after removing the blockages.By then, water was flowing over the bund causing concern not just among officials but hundreds of people who gathered there.

Elsewhere, 15 residential colonies got inundated with flood water in the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation limits following a heavy downpour since Thursday night. Warangal district received a total of 426.2 mm rainfall with Hanamkonda registering 160.4 mm.

Among the affected colonies are SR Nagar, Sammaiah Nagar, Amaravathi Colony and TV Tower Colony in Hanamkonda. In Warangal, the areas of Warangal Fort, Pochamma Maidanam and Deshaipet were the worst hit.About 6,000 residents were shifted to rehabilitation centres in Warangal.

Meanwhile, officials said two persons died in separate incidents during the last two days. K Saraiah, resident of Medapally village of Nallabelly mandal of the district, died of short-circuit, and B Krishna, resident of Madhannapet village of Narsampet mandal, was drowned in flood water while fishing.

So far, officials said the recent rain resulted in damage to 1,312 hectares of paddy, maize, cotton, chillis and vegetables. Fourteen cattle we re also killed in the floods, the officials added. While 63 houses were partially damaged with six more completely damaged in the last two days in Warangal city . In the district, 168 houses were reported to have been partially damaged and 17 houses totally damaged.

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