Cloudbursts a foreign conspiracy? Telangana CM KCR’s new theory
- Telangana is seeing very heavy flooding
- Chief Minister KCR recently toured the area
- He said people suspect cloudbursts are a conspiracy
Telangana’s Godavari region is seeing massive floods owing to a cloudburst over the area. Amid the crisis, the state’s chief minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, said cloudbursts are suspected to be a “conspiracy planned by other countries.” The comment was made when the chief minister was touring flood-hit Bhadrachalam.
“There is this new phenomenon called cloudburst. People say there is some conspiracy, we don’t know how far that is true, that people from other countries are deliberately doing cloudburst in our country at certain locations,” the Telangana CM told reporters.
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“In the past they did it near Kashmir, at Ladakh-Leh, then in Uttarakhand and now we are getting some reports that they are doing it the Godavari region.”
The chief minister made the comment in the presence of Telangana chief secretary Somesh Kumar.
Several areas in Telangana, especially around the temple town of Bhadrachalam, have been inundated on account of very heavy rainfall.
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Water levels in Telangana’s inundate regions went up to over 70 feet and have now come down to around 60 feet. This is way above the third and final flood warning mark of 53 feet.
What is a cloudburst?
A cloudburst is usually understood as extreme rainfall over a short period of time resulting in floods. The weather office defines it as unexpected precipitation exceeding 100 mm (or 10 cm) per over a geographical region of approximately 20 to 30 square kilometres.
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Cloudbursts happen when air rich in moisture travels up a mountainous region forming a vertical column of clouds known as cumulonimbus clouds. These clouds cause rain, thunder and lightning.
Cloudbursts are different from regular rainfall because of they cause very heavy and sudden rainfall. The difference is also in scale. Rains above 100 millimetres are usually regarded as cloudbursts.