IMD issues yellow alert for Telangana from 18 to 21 March as hailstorm damages crops

Unseasonal hailstorms in a few places in Nizamabad and Kamareddy have affected the farmers, causing damages to their crops.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Mar 18, 2024 | 1:24 PMUpdatedMar 18, 2024 | 1:24 PM

IMD issues yellow alert for Telangana from 18 to 21 March as hailstorm damages crops

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad, on 17 March, issued a yellow alert for several regions of the state for four days, effective from 18 March to 21 March.

The IMD, in a release, has indicated that thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and strong winds are expected in isolated areas of Adilabad, Mancherial, Asifabad, Nirmal, Jagtial, Rajanna Sircilla, Peddapalli, and Jayashankar Bhupalpally districts on Monday, 18 March.

The alert has been extended to Hyderabad, Rangareddy, and Medchal-Malkajgiri districts for 19 March, with a similar forecast expected to persist in these regions until 21 March.

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IMD forecast details

For Hyderabad city and its surrounding areas, the forecast over the next 48 hours predicts predominantly cloudy skies. Light rain or thundershowers are anticipated in certain parts of the city, with hazy conditions likely during the morning hours.

Maximum temperatures are expected to reach around 34 degrees Celsius, while minimum temperatures may hover around 21 degrees Celsius.

For 19 March, the yellow alert continues with thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds very likely to occur at isolated places in Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak, Kamareddy, Mahbubnagar, Mulugu, Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Medchal Malkajgiri, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Narayanpet, and Jogulamba Gadwal districts.

On 20 March, heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places in Mahbubnagar and Nagarkurnool districts.

On the other hand, the unseasonal hailstorms in a few places in Nizamabad and Kamareddy have affected the farmers, losing their crops.

One of the Agriculture Extension Officers from Nizamabad told South First, “There is damage to the crops of farmers in Rural Nizamabad, and we will be sending a report detailing the extent of affected acres to the government. The amount will be directly transferred into the bank accounts of the farmers. This year, the guidelines for each crop have not yet been issued.”

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Congress govt’s ‘pro-farmer’ commitment

Mohammed Ali Shabbir , Advisor to the Telangana Government for SC, ST, OBC and Minorities welfare, has assured that the State Government will support the farmers who have suffered losses due to untimely rains and hail.

Shabbir Ali addressed the media personnel on Sunday, 17 March, after inspecting the crops damaged by a hailstorm in Narsannapalli, Kamareddy district.

He visited several villages in Domakonda, Bhiknoor, and Rajampet mandals, where he interacted with affected farmers who had incurred losses due to the hailstorm. He said the hailstorm destroyed paddy, maize, turmeric, chilli, and mango crops.

Shabbir Ali encouraged the farmers not to lose heart, emphasizing that the Congress government is pro-farmer and committed to assisting them in times of crisis. He also assured that the officials would be dispatched to assess the damage, and based on their reports, appropriate aid would be provided to the affected farmers.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)