HYDERABAD: Two persons were washed away in a swirling stream in Siddipet district even as heavy rains lashed the state on Monday. The authorities urged people to strictly not cross or venture into streams and remain indoors. Relatives — M Raj Kumar and Ch Rohit — ventured into Moyatummeda stream near Thangalapalli village in Koheda mandal on Sunday and were swept away. Expert divers were deployed to trace them. While the body of one of them was found, the other person’s was yet to be traced.
Helpline numbers were provided to the public in all districts as heavy rain pounded several parts of the state as a result of the impact of cyclone Gulab
. People, residing in low-lying areas, were alerted to move to safer places. A red alert was issued by the IMD for Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagtial, Rajanna Sircilla, Karimnagar, Peddapally, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam, Mahabubabad, Warangal, Jangaon, Siddipet and Kamareddy.
In Bhupalpally, collector Krishna Aditya said streams were overflowing and asked people not to go anywhere near Godavari river or streams. With heavy rains lashing the district, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district collector Pamela Satpathy asked officials to clear stagnant water on the roads using JCBs so that there were no mishaps. The RTC has been asked not to operate buses where there was no need.
As it had been raining since September 26 night and with a heavy rain forecast for next 24 hours, people living in low-lying areas will be shifted to relief camps on premises of schools where food arrangements will be made for them, officials said.
Affected people have been asked to contact on 0865-234020 for help in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district and the control room will respond immediately, an official said.
Khammam district collector VP Goutham urged people to stay indoors. “Do not put yourself to risk of thunderstorms and do not be adventurous in crossing the streams and overflowing bridges,” he said. “Even lorries get washed away due to the velocity of the water,” he said while explaining that the administration was taking measures, including barricading stretches which could pose danger. Another 4 floodgates of Osmansagar opened:
Another four floodgates of Osmansagar reservoir were opened to a height of one foot, on Monday night, following a sudden increase in inflows from upstream. On September 23, officials opened two floodgates to discharge excess water. This was followed by the opening of two more gates on September 27. Meanwhile, three out of 17 floodgates of Himayatsagar have also been opened to discharge 960 cusecs of water into Musi.