Two killed as heavy rain inundates Hyderabad again
Roads blocked due to waterlogging after heavy rains in Hafeez Baba Nagar in Hyderabad on October 18, 2020. IANS

Two killed as heavy rain inundates Hyderabad again

Hyderabad, October 18, 2020

Two persons were killed in a fresh spell of overnight heavy rain which left dozens of residential colonies inundated in the city and adjoining areas, adding to the woes of people who are yet to recover in the aftermath of last week's deluge.

Over 19 cm of rainfall on October 17-18 night in and around Hyderabad also dealt a blow to rescue and relief operations started following torrential rains on October 13-14.

Shocking visuals of vehicles getting washed away by gushing waters emerged from some of the worst-affected areas following the downpour last night.

Boats were pressed into service to rescue the affected people as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Disaster Response Force of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) launched rescue and relief work in Hafiz Baba Nagar and surrounding colonies that were submerged after the Balapur lake breached late Saturday night.

People in affected areas spent a sleepless night and some had to take shelter on rooftops as their houses were submerged.

Chandrayangutta MLA and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi along with Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar visited Hafiz Baba Nagar on Sunday morning to take stock of the situation.

The Police Commissioner said that low-lying colonies Hafiz Baba Nagar, Phoolbagh, Omar Colony, Indra Nagar, Shivaji Nagar and Rajiv Nagar were inundated.

"Please cooperate with the police in evacuation exercise," Anjani Kumar tweeted.

He also supervised rescue work in Golnaka, Moosarambagh, Malakpet, Madannapet, Lal Darwaza, Aliabad, Shamsherganj, Al Jubail Colony and Gazi-e-Millat Colony.

Asserting that things were "in control", he said that onlookers should not come out on roads.

Rescue work was also launched in Singareni employees' colony in Saroornagar. Several colonies in the area went under water for the second time in less than a week.

Overflowing lakes and nullahs (drains) inundated many residential areas in and around the city.

Following the inundation, police closed the Malakpet Road underbridge, Gaddi Annaram to Shiva Ganga Road, Moosaram Bagh causeway and Chaderghat causeway. It appealed to the commuters to take alternate routes.

Falaknuma bridge near the famous Falaknuma Palace in the old city was also closed for traffic after damage to it.

The rain further damaged the Hyderabad-Bengaluru highway at Gaganpahad. The Cyberabad police urged people going to Hyderabad Airport to use the Outer Ring Road (ORR).

Vehicles coming from Kurnool and Bengaluru were also diverted to take ORR at Tondupally.

According to Telangana State Development Planning Society, Singapur Township in Ghatkesar near Hyderabad received a maximum rainfall of 19.73 cm. Many areas in and around the city saw over 15 cm rainfall.

The Hyderabad weather office forecast more rains. "Light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur in some parts of the city on Sunday," it said.

The city had received over 19 cm rainfall on October-13-14 with some areas on the outskirts recording a very heavy rainfall of nearly 30 cm.

The flash floods in Hyderabad and other parts of the state last week killed 50 people. Majority of the deaths were reported from the city and its outskirts.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad and its surroundings are likely to see another spell of intense rainfall as the weather office forecast more downpour on Sunday.

Light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur in many parts of the city and at times, there could be intense spells in one or two places of the city, said the Hyderabad Meteorological Centre.

It issued a yellow ("Be updated") warning. Water pooling on roads and low-lying areas in many/most places is likely. The expected impact also includes traffic congestion at most locations, wet and slippery roads, tree and electric poles falling, electricity/ water supply disruptions and other social disturbances for a few hours and drainage clogging.

It suggested restricted movement for people, and that the necessary advisories may be issued by the Municipal Corporation for displaying the warnings and necessary action for clearing water, and by the Road, Rail and Traffic Department for traffic regulation.

Response force may be advised to take necessary action. Electricity and Water Departments may also be so advised, it added.

It also issued an impact-based heavy rainfall warning for Telangana. Rain is very likely to occur at isolated places over the state. Thunderstorms accompanied with lightning are very likely to occur at isolated places, the Meteorological Centre said.

Heavy to every heavy rain is also very likely on Monday.

For the second time in less than a week, Hyderabad and outskirts witnessed heavy rains on Saturday night. The downpour inundated several low-lying areas. Two persons were killed in rain-related incidents.

The city and surroundings were battered by torrential rains on October 13-14. About 50 people were killed in the rains and flash floods.

Meanwhile, according to the Amaravati Meteorological Centre, the cyclonic circulation over west-central Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh coast persists and extends upto 1.5 km above mean sea level.

Under its influence, a low pressure area is very likely to develop over the same region during the next 24 hours. It is likely to become more marked during subsequent 24 hours.

Thunderstorms along with lightning are likely to occur at isolated places in north coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.

Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places in East Godavari, West Godavari, Yanam, Prakasam, Nellore, Chittoor and Kadapa districts.

IANS

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