HYDERABAD: Three people died as Hyderabad was lashed for five hours by heavy rain on Monday, leaving the city gasping. While it hasn’t rained this morning, the weather office predicts more rain today.
This morning, trees were uprooted at three places and water-logging was reported in at least six areas. Authorities have asked residents to avoid localities like Begumpet, Mojamhahi market, and the Narayanaguda-Liberty route. Civic officials are clearing the roads.
A 28-year-old man and his six-month-old son were buried alive on Monday in Banjara Hills after a wall came crumbling down on them. In the crowded Charminar area in the old city, another man was electrocuted.
Many areas of the city saw waist-deep water and vehicles stranded in water for hours on Monday evening. Residents coming back to the city after the long weekend returned to utter chaos.
The weather office said it recorded monsoon rainfall of 67.6 millimetres from 4:30 to 8:30 in the evening. Though there has been some respite with no rain this morning, the Met department said the city is likely to witness rainfall today as well.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation said its personnel have been working to drain out rainwater that had accumulated on the roads as soon as possible.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who spoke with the municipal corporation chief and also the city police head, said he has asked the authorities to be alert for a few more hours.
Mr Rao told the authorities to ensure the city did not suffer if it rained at night as well, the chief minister’s office said in a statement.
Hyderabad, however, did not see rainfall as high as Mumbai saw last month. Earlier too on August 29, Mumbai received 331 mm rainfall in 24 hours, paralysing normal life in the metropolis.
Several people were stuck in their offices and on railway stations for more than 12 hours as suburban train services were suspended after tracks were submerged following heavy rains.