As per the Indian Meteorological Department at 8.30 am on Monday, the highest rainfall of 19 cm was recorded at Navipet in Nizamabad district in the last 24 hours. Similarly, a rainfall of 14 cm each was recorded at Ranjal in Nizamabad district and Jukkal in Kamareddy district. During the day till 7 pm on Monday, the Telangana State Development Planning Society reported the highest rainfall of 7.3 cm in Laxmidevipeta of Mulugu district, followed by 6.55 cm in Bornapalli of Karimnagar district.

Following heavy rains in the catchment areas of the Krishna and Godavari rivers in the upper-riparian States, several major reservoirs also received heavy inflows. On the Krishna, the Jurala reservoir received 2,16,499 cusecs, Srisailam 2,21,031 cusecs and Nagarjuna Sagar 42,789 cusecs. Similarly, several projects on the Godavari received moderate to heavy inflows with the Sripada Yellampally project receiving 20,954 cusecs and the Sri Ram Sagar project 8,345 cusecs.

The rains also brought much relief to farmers even as farm operations gained momentum across the State. Owing to good rainfall and availability of water in tanks and reservoirs, paddy transplantation was going on at brisk pace. Against the normal cultivation area of 27.25 lakh acres, paddy cultivation has been taken up in 41.61 lakh acres, an increase of about 53 per cent.

Water was being released to the ayacut under the Laknavaram and Pakhal lakes in the erstwhile Warangal district. With the incessant rainfall in its catchment area, the Kinnerasani project at Paloncha in Khammam district saw good inflows, prompting officials to lift three gates to discharge 10,000 cusecs of water downstream.

The timely rains have boosted the agricultural activities in non-ayacut areas of the erstwhile Nalgonda district. Very heavy to heavy rainfall was recorded in the erstwhile Karimnagar district in the last 24 hours, with the highest rainfall of 13 cm registered in Chigurumamidi.

Waterfalls in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district have come alive due to incessant rains in upstream areas. The waterfalls near Gundala and Chintalamadara in Tiryani mandal were witnessing heavy visitor rush. Other waterfalls such as Mitte or Sapthagundala, Babezhari, Yellammakunta and certain seasonal waterfalls also received inflows.

Siddipet, Medak and Sanagreddy districts experienced heavy to moderate rains during the past 24 hours. The skies, which have remained cloudy for the past a couple of days, burst into showers for several hours.

The IMD scientists attributed the heavy rains to multiple systems influencing the weather over the State including a low-pressure area over northeast Madhya Pradesh and neighbourhood, an associated cyclonic circulation and an east-west shear zone. While there could be a brief respite for next two days, more rains are expected for two-three days from August 13 due to another low-pressure area which is likely to form over Northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood.

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