Monsoon in Telangana: State records 132% surplus rain

Out of the 33 districts in Telangana, 32 have received rainfall that exceeds the normal by more than 60 percent.

BySumit Jha

Published Jul 14, 2022 | 8:00 PMUpdatedJul 26, 2022 | 1:36 PM


The Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS) has said the state has received 132 percent excess rain — more than double the normal — during the monsoon season so far.

The result has been flooding in several parts of the state, and disruption of normal life, with schools and colleges closed for a whole week this month

According to the TSDPS, the state’s average cumulative rainfall from 1 June to 1 July was 524.9 mm, whereas the normal is 226.6 mm.

Excess rain in 32 districts

Out of 33 districts in the state, 32 have received excess rain of more than 60 percent. Only the southernmost district — Jogulamba Gadwal — has received less than 60 percent but more than 20 percent rainfall.

Out of 594 mandals in the state, 494 have received large excess rainfall (60 percent and above), 79 have received excess rainfall (above 20 percent), 20 have received normal rainfall, and just one mandal has a rain deficit.

As many as 19,701 people are taking shelter in 223 relief camps in Telangana after heavy rains lashed the state over the past few days.

A total of 6,318 people have been shifted to 43 camps in Bhadrachalam, 4,049 to 33 camps in Mulugu, and 1,226 people to 20 camps in Bhupalpally.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have rescued 16 people from the flooding, while two other persons were airlifted by the Indian Air Force to safety.

IMD issues orange alert

On Thursday, the Hyderabad centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert for many districts in Telangana.

The IMD has said that heavy to very heavy rain (115.6-204.4 mm) is very likely at isolated places in the Adilabad, Komaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagityal, Rajanna Sirsilla, and Karimnagar districts.

Also, issuing a yellow alert, IMD said that heavy rain (64.5-115.5mm) was very likely at isolated places in the Peddapalli, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Mulugu, Suryapet, Mahabubabad, Janagaon, Siddipet, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri, and Kamareddy districts.

The low-pressure area causing the current spell of rain “now lies over north Odisha and the neighbourhood, with the associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 7.6 km above the mean sea level, tilting southwestwards with height,” the IMD said on Thursday.

According to the TSDPS, the state’s highest rainfall of 294.8 mm was recorded in the Kanapur mandal in the Nirmal district on 13 July.

Rains in Hyderabad

According to the TSDPS, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation(GHMC) area has received 77.4 percent surplus rain.

The area’s average cumulative rainfall from 1 June to 14 July is 300 mm against a normal of 169.1 mm.

According to the IMD, light to moderate rain and thundershowers are to be expected at a few places in the GHMC area for the next two days.