Heavy rain brings Hyderabad to standstill

One electrocuted, another washed away and several others injured after rain batters city

By Author  |  Published: 18th May 2018  12:42 amUpdated: 18th May 2018  12:44 am
A youngster tries to hold on to her umbrella as she makes her way through the rain at Ameerpet on Thursday. —Photo: Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: One person died of electrocution at Osmangunj, while another person was washed away in a nala and three persons were injured after heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds swept across the city on Thursday.

Trees and electric poles were uprooted, roads inundated, traffic flow affected and power cables broken after the rains and winds hit the city around 4 pm.

The toll, by the time the rains subsided, included one person being electrocuted, while another was injured at Osmangunj in Afzalgunj. The deceased was identified as Qasim Ali, 45, a resident of Jiyaguda and a vendor at the ginger market in Osmangunj. The injured person was identified as Anwar, 35.

According to the Afzalgunj police, both were standing close to an electric pole on the pavement during the downpour. They were suspected to have suffered an electric shock from the pole. Ali died while being shifted to the hospital, Anwar is being treated at the Osmania General Hospital.

A 60-year-old person, Kasim, was washed away in a nala around 4.15 pm at Mecca Colony in Kala Pathar, with no trace of him even at 9.30 pm. Two persons were injured when a 100-year-old tree was uprooted and collapsed on Shama Café at Moghalpura.

Across the city, home-bound employees got stuck in the rain and vehicular traffic was forced to crawl after roads were inundated at several spots.

Motorists had to drive through knee-deep waters even on the Punjagutta flyover while similar scenes were witnessed at Himayathnagar, Nacharam, Ameerpet, Abids and Afzalgunj.

Amberpet recorded 4.8 cm rainfall, followed by Himayathnagar, which received 4.2 cm. Many trees were uprooted in areas including Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, Vijayanagar Colony, Uppal, Kukatpally and Amberpet, affecting traffic movement.

The rains saw the GHMC machinery swinging into action, with Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy visiting Red Hills, Vijayanagar and other areas where trees were uprooted. Reddy directed emergency teams to clear the trees and ensure free flow of traffic. The Commissioner also appealed to citizens to dial 100 in case of any emergency.

TSSPDCL officials said power supply was disrupted in Cyber City, Habsiguda, and several areas in the Central and South Zones. Disaster management teams and central breakdown teams were deployed in these areas to restore power supply.

Amberpet records highest rainfall

People walk past an uprooted tree near the GHMC Head Office on Thursday. – Photo: Surya Sridhar

Amberpet recorded the highest amount of rainfall on Thursday, with 48 mm being reported by 5 pm. The least amount of rainfall recorded was 6 mm at Begumpet.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), rain and thundershowers were likely to occur in the city on Friday as well. While the rains brought respite from the scorching summer heat, the minimum temperature was pegged at 27.7 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature was 40.3 degrees Celsius. Figures from GHMC and the Telangana State Development Planning Society said at least seven major localities of the city received more than 30 mm of rainfall.

After Amberpet, Narayanguda recorded the second-highest amount at 42 mm, followed by Nampally at 41.3 mm. Other areas which received a heavy amount of rainfall include Musheerabad (35.8), Malkajgiri (35.3), Golkonda (35.3) and Jubilee Hills (26).

Social media flooded with rain updates

Workers try to bring down a vinyl hoarding that got torn in the rain and gale, near NTR Garden. Photo:Hrudayanand

The sudden thundershowers in the city triggered the social media into action, with a flood of tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram photos and videos on the weather.

Expressing gladness over the change in the weather, S Madhusudan Rao‏ (@madhusinfo) tweeted a picture from Aparna Sarovar residential complex in Serilingampally. “Thanks to the unexpected showers #Hyderabad weather is a little pleasant now, though it was unbearable 2 hours ago,” he said.

Man of Justice (@SuperGops) asked for unity in time of adversity. “All those travelling, please be careful of falling trees, open drains, pot holes, falling ad hoardings and electrical lines. Help each other as usual. That is the Hyderabadi way,” he said.

Sthanam Bharadwaj (@SthaanamB) expressed surprise by tweeting two pictures showing a dark sky. “Is this really 17th of May? Doesn’t look like that in Hyderabad,” he said.

Some Twitter users also saw the sudden rains as a gift of nature for the fasting Muslim community here. Krishan Patil (@patilkrishna245) said, “On this first day of Ramadan, it’s raining in Hyderabad. Relief from summer heat.”