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Rain havoc in Telangana: Death toll rises to 11

With heavy rains lashing the state over the past few days, state Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday directed his ministerial colleagues to stay in their respective districts and monitor the flood situation.

Medak: A truck hangs mid-air after breaking the railing of a road bridge over Manjira river in Medak on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI9_24_2016_000087A) *** Local Caption ***
A truck hangs mid-air after breaking the railing of a road bridge over Manjira river in Medak on Saturday. PTI Photo

The death toll in rain-related incidents in Telangana has gone up to 11, with eight deaths reported in Medak district and three others in Warangal, officials said. Out of the total deaths, three were reported on Saturday from Medak. Besides, four persons were killed in separate rain-related mishaps in Medak on Friday. The three deaths in Warangal district were reported two days back.

Anjanayelu (30), a native of Jakkapally village in Narsapur mandal of Medak, was last night going on his bike to his workplace. However, while trying to cross a low-level causeway, near Reddy Khanapur village under Hathnoora police station limits, which was overflowing due to heavy inflow of water in Paspaleru lake, he got swept away along with his bike, police said.

Hathnoora Police Sub-Inspector Balreddy said a search operation was initiated, but the body was yet to be retrieved.

On Saturday, a 14-year-old boy had fallen in a swollen water tank in Aroor village under Sadasivpet police station limits after he lost balance while taking stock of the water level of the reservoir.

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In Narayankhed, a 30-year-old man was washed away while he was trying to cross a stream on foot.

Besides, a 28-year-old man was killed after he lost balance of his two-wheeler and washed away while traversing through a water body near a village in Medak.

In Warangal, two of the victims, identified as Shabbir Ali, a village revenue officer from Raghunathapally and B Krishnaiah of Madanapeta village, were washed away by rapid floodwaters. The third person K Saraiah, a resident of Medapally village, was electrocuted amid rains, officials said.

With heavy rains lashing the state over the past few days, state Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday directed his ministerial colleagues to stay in their respective districts and monitor the flood situation and supervise relief and rehabilitation works.

In view of the flood situation, Rao cancelled the Cabinet meeting scheduled for tomorrow and asked the ministers to work in coordination with district-level officials and ensure evacuation of people from the low-lying areas to safer place.

Rao directed Warangal district administration to be on high alert as river Godavari is in full spate. He also asked the minister T Nageshwara Rao to maintain alertness in Khammam district as the water level in the river could reach danger level at Bhadrachalam in the district.