Indian metropolis Hyderabad inundated by highest rain in 100 years

  • Indian metropolis Hyderabad inundated by highest rain in 100 years

Indian metropolis Hyderabad inundated by highest rain in 100 years

Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad. The Telangana government had declared Wednesday and Thursday as holidays for all private institutions, offices, non-essential services within the Outer Ring Road area in view of the rains. It also advised people to stay indoor as far as possible. The university said that exams from October will be conducted as per timetable and students will be informed about schedule of postponed exams soon. Power supply was suspended in most parts of the state capital on Tuesday as a precaution.

Vanasthalipuram, Dammaiguda, Attapur Main Road, and Musheerabad were some of the areas of Hyderabad that faced severe waterlogging due to the overnight incessant rainfall. With 192 mm rain, Hyderabad has surpassed its monthly average rainfall of October in just 24 hours.

Power outages were also reported across the state as the rain uprooted electricity poles.

Worryingly, the latest IMD bulletin suggested that other states must also brace themselves for a downpour. Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar has directed all Collectors, Commissioners of Police and Superintendents of Police and the complete district administration to be on high alert.

Six people, including four members of a family, were killed in a wall collapse triggered by heavy rains in Pandharpur town of Maharashtra's Solapur district on Wednesday. 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 all possible support and assistance from the Centre in the rescue-and-relief work. About 5,000 people have been shifted to 36 relief camps in the affected districts from flood-hit villages in both the regions. "Army Medical teams accompanying the columns are providing essential first aid and medical relief to the stranded people", the army said. "Evacuation Operations are still continuing as a large number of citizens are trapped inside their houses and seeking help", it said. A statement from the Chief Minister's Office said 10 people had died in rain-related incidents over the past 48 hours. Over 20,000 people were evacuated to safer places in these three districts.

A 40-year-old woman and her daughter died after the roof of their house fell on them in the Ibrahimpatnam area of the city on Tuesday night.

In horrifying visuals from Hyderabad's Barkas neighbourhood, a man was seen being swept away by the floods. It is still not clear whether the man was later rescued. Two people, who managed to find shelter on a nearby elevated path, could be seen watching helplessly as the man was dragged away by the current.