Hyderabad: Heavy thundershowers accompanied by lashing gusts of winds brought traffic and outdoor life to a halt in the city on Thursday afternoon. The temperature plummeted sharply from a high of 40 degrees Celsius at about 2 pm to 29 degrees Celsius even before 4 pm, as recorded by private weather forecasting agency Skymet.
Denizens took to social media to report fallen trees and electricity poles at various areas, including Necklace Road, Nallakunta, Tolichowki, Basheebagh, Khairatabad, Secunderabad, Masab Tank and near the Telugu Talli flyover. Small vendors had a tough time as they had to run for shelter, since the sky gave no warning before it opened up. The sudden rainstorm took many by surprise and heavy traffic jams and water logging were reported from several areas such as Kothaguda, Hitec City Mindspace Junction, Banjara Hills, Secunderabad, Begumpet, Somajiguda, Karkhana and Bharani Colony.
There was also heavy water logging reported from the Punjagutta flyover, prompting GHMC emergency teams and police personnel to rush to the spot and initiate remedial measures.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation tweeted that emergency calls can be made to 040-21111111, while Hyderabad Traffic Police on Facebook advised people to stay indoors for a while.
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— Venkat Parthasarathy (@Venkrek) May 17, 2018
@GHMCOnline huge tree has fallen on the main gate of the apartment with wires from the electric pole. Bharani Colony -500094 (CR’s Cristal). Please help. Its dangerous to get in the apartment using the main gate. pic.twitter.com/YCv4TNXiEz
— Kumar Shubham (@shubham_stk) May 17, 2018