The Telangana government has declared a two-day holiday for schools in the state due to heavy rainfall. Telangana Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy made the announcement on Twitter, stating that schools will remain closed on Thursday and Friday. This decision comes in response to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast of heavy to very heavy rain in several districts, including Adilabad, Komaram Bheem Asifabad, Jagityal, Rajanna Sirsilla, Karimnagar, Peddapalli, and Jayashankar Bhupalpally.
The IMD issued a warning about vigorous southwest monsoon conditions in Telangana, prompting the government to take precautionary measures for the safety of students, staff, and parents. The education minister emphasized that schools will only reopen when the situation is under control and it is safe for the public to commute.
The heavy rainfall has led to a rapid rise in the water level of the Godavari river. At 9 am on Thursday, the river was flowing at 40 feet, with 8,05,158 cusecs of water released downstream.
An orange warning has been issued across Telangana for the next two days, signaling the likelihood of widespread rainfall. According to Dr. K Nagaratnam, Director of Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, there is an upper air cyclonic circulation over Odisha and its adjoining areas of Northwest Bay of Bengal and West Central Bay, which is expected to intensify into a low-pressure system in the next 24 hours. Additionally, a cyclonic circulation is present over Chhattisgarh and its surrounding areas.
Given the weather conditions and the potential risks associated with heavy rain and flooding, the Telangana government has taken proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the public.