Hyderabad: With the withdrawal of southwest monsoon getting delayed till October 7, Telangana State is likely to receive more rains over next 72 hours. Though the monsoon is getting weakened, the State, especially Hyderabad is expected to witness light to moderate rains at many places during the period..
Telangana State which registered 10 per cent excess rainfall during the southwest monsoon season, which ended on September 30 this year. About 50 percent excess rainfall during September helped the State to register above normal rainfall during the southwest monsoon period from June to September. Over the last 24 hours, heavy rain occurred at isolated places in Yadadri Bhongiri, Bhadradri Kothagudem and Hyderabad districts. By 6 pm on Sunday, Gummadidala in Sangareddy district recorded highest rainfall of 12 cm as per the data released by Telangana State Development Planning Society. Kukatpally and Qutbullahpur areas received around 9 cm rainfall due sudden downpour on Sunday evening. Rains are lashing the State for the last a few days, with many parts of the State particularly Hyderabad and its peripheral areas witnessed heavy downpour for a few hours on a daily basis. Normal life has been disrupted due to the rains over the last a few days. Similar conditions are expected to prevail for next three days, due to a trough spread from south Chhattisgarh to coastal Karnataka across Telangana and interior Karnataka. A cyclonic circulation also lies over interior Odisha. “Heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places over Telangana. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers very likely to occur at many places over the State,” said the officials of Indian Meteorological Department. Lightning strikes three Hyderabad: Lightning claimed three lives in two separate incidents on Sunday – that of two friends enjoying the lazy Sunday weather in Siddipet and a tribal woman farmer in Tiryani mandal in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district. Pastham Srinivas (34), Vanarasi Balaraj (36) and Chennuri Saraiah, residents of Hanuman Nagar in Siddipet town, were spending time on the tank bund at Komaticheruvu when lightning struck, killing Srinivas and Balaraj instantaneously. Saraiah, who suffered burn injures, was admitted to Medical College Hospital where he is undergoing treatment. In the Tiryani mandal incident, 50-year-old Kanaka Indrubai, a resident of Khairiguda village, was working in the fields when the thunderbolt came down on her, killing her on the spot. Two others – Soyam Lachu and Vedma Drupathibai – who were working with her, suffered injuries and were shifted to Bellampalli government hospital where their condition was said to be stable. Quick to respond to the Siddipet tragedy, Finance Minister T Harish Rao, expressing shock over the incident, immediately announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the families of each of the deceased. Rao visited the Medical College hospital where Saraiah was undergoing treatment, and instructed the hospital staff to provide him the best treatment. Since April, at least 10 persons, five of them farmers, died due to lightning strikes in the State. On April 18, a 40-year-old toddy tapper, Erukula Sattaiah, was killed after being struck by lightning while climbing a palm tree in Banda Kothapally village of Gundala mandal in Yadadri Bhongir district. His body slid down to the ground because of the girdle he was using to climb the tree. The same day, Chennaboina Rani, a 29-year-old woman died when lightning struck at thatched shed where she was taking shelter from pounding rain at an IKP paddy procurement centre at Munukuntla village in Kattangur mandal of Nalgonda district. In Mancherial, two farmers died after lightning struck them while they were working in agriculture fields at Kulluru in Kotapalli mandal. On May 29, Peddapaka Janardhan (35), a NREGS labourer died at Bhairavunipalli of Nelakondapalli mandal while Penugonda Ramesh (24) died at Chennur village in Khammam district, both by lighting. On July 20, Revathi, a 27-year-old woman farmer was killed by a lightning strike at Kolgur village of Gajwel Mandal, while she was under a tree to protect herself from rain. Heavy rains lash Nizamabad, Kamareddy districts Nizamabad/Kamareddy: On Sunday afternoon suddenly heavy rains are registered in Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts. Seven buffaloes died due to thunder bolt strike at Mamidipalli village of Armoor mandal in Nizamabad district. In Nizamabad district heavy rainfall recorded at Armoor, Kammarpally mandals and moderate rainfall recorded at Morthad, Bheemgal, Jakranpally, Mupkal mandals. Due to these rains, rain water stagnated on roads at Armoor town, from Ambedkar circle to Mamidpally village; vehicle owners faced problems to cross the road. Seven buffaloes died due to thunderbolt strike at Mamidipally village of Armoor mandal. When buffalos taking rest beneath a tree thunderbolt strikes on buffalos and they are belongs to Mamidipalli villagers. Village sarpanch and officials visited the spot. In Kamareddy district also registered moderate to heavy rainfall in Rajampet and Bibipet mandals. Due to heavy rain at Bibipet mandal Lingampally stream gushed with heavy inflows and overflow from the bridge in between Rajampet and Chinnamallareddy villages, interrupted the transport facility of vehicles. In Bibipet mandal also registered moderate rainfall with heavy winds, due to these winds many places trees fall down and interrupted the electricity services, in Mandapoor village many places trees fall down and cut the electric wires. The sudden rains created hurdles to the people on the occasion of Bathukamma and Dasara festivals..