Continuous downpour wreaks havoc in Hyderabad; two-day holiday declared
Record heavy rains lashed Hyderabad under the influence of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal that weakened into a depression as it entered Telangana after covering Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.
Fifteen people have died in Hyderabad in rain-related incidents. These include eight in Bandlaguda, three in Gaganpahad, two in Ibrahimpatnam, and bodies of two out of nine persons washed away in Mailardevpally have also been recovered.
The city has been receiving incessant downpour over the last three days. Hyderabad recorded 191.8 millimeters of rain in 24 hours till 8:30 am on Wednesday. This is the highest October rainfall reported in Telangana’s capital since 1903.
Fifteen people have died in Hyderabad in rain-related incidents.
Inundated roads, submerged vehicles, cars swept away due to strong currents, rivulets and other water bodies in spate — these were some of the visuals that continued to surface on social media as record heavy rains lashed the city as well as several parts of Telangana.
Ten people were killed in rain-related incidents across Andhra Pradesh following a torrential downpour in the last 48 hours, the government said. Heavy rains continued to pound the state, causing damage to roads and disrupting power supply in several places.
A video shows the man trying to grab the street light pole as people around him shout for help. It is unclear whether or not the man was rescued.
The Hyderabad Traffic Police have been continuously issuing alerts for commuters.
More videos from the city showed disaster management officials carrying out rescue operations in the city’s flooded areas. In some areas, boats were used to rescue.
Residents took to the flooded streets after the flood
In Shamshabad area of Ranga Reddy distrcit, NH-44 was cut off after the embankment of a lake collapsed.
Vehicle stands partially submerged in parts of Falaknuma, in Hyderabad
The state government declared a two-day holiday for all its offices and institutions.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had on Tuesday directed districts officials to remain on high alert, PTI reported.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy, meanwhile, spoke to the National Disaster Response officials and told them to send teams to Hyderabad.
PM Modi assures help
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday and assured them of support in the rescue-and-relief operations in the both the disaster hit states.
IMD predicts heavy rainfall over Madhya Maharashtra, Odisha and Telangana
As per the latest IMD bulletin, extremely heavy downpour is likely at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra, south Konkan & Goa and Coastal & North Interior Karnataka; heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Marathawada, South Interior Karnataka and Kerala & Mahe and heavy rainfall at isolated places over Odisha, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Telangana on Wednesday.