Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directed the officials to take the help of Army and air force for any eventuality and airlifting people from low-lying areas. Officials said that two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), each of 18 members have already left for Khammam district.

More than 20 people were caught in floods at different places in north Telangana districts and are waiting for help. The continuing rains under the impact of low pressure area wrecked havoc in the districts of Adilabad, Warangal, Karimnagar and Khammam as several villages were cut off due to overflowing rivers, rivulets, tanks and streams.

Crops spread over 10,000 acres were damaged in Adilabad district alone. Bus services were suspended between Hyderabad and Karimnagar as a part of the road in Karimnagar district was washed away. It has already touched the danger mark at Ramannagudem in Warangal district and at Bhadrachalam in Khammam district.

A second flood warning was issued at Bhadrachalam and the third is likely to be issued anytime as the water level rose sharply to 50.4 feet on Friday morning. The third warning will be issued if the level crosses 53 feet.

The Chief Minister asked the officials to put all areas abutting the river on high alert and to take precautionary measures by forming special teams. Kiran Kumar, who reviewed the situation with top officials, directed them to ensure required supply of food grains, medicines and other essential items.


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