Hyderabad: After a brief lull, heavy rains lashed the city on Tuesday evening, leaving many areas under sheets of water and affecting traffic flow. Contrasting weather conditions prevailed in the city as scorching heat prevailed till late afternoon and overcast climate took over in the evening eventually resulting in heavy rains.
The sudden spell of rains brought the much-needed relief from the hot and humid conditions in the city. According to the Met department, rain or thundershowers would occur towards afternoon or in the evening on Wednesday as well. Among all the areas till 8 pm, Asifnagar received highest rainfall of 68 mm, followed by Charminar and Serilingampally, which received 66.8 mm and 63.3 mm respectively.
With sudden rains lashing the city many people, especially the homebound employees were caught off guard. Waterlogging complaints were lodged from different areas in the city. People had a tough time in moving in the knee-deep water at Shilparamam, Madhapur, Cyber Towers, Kukatpally ROB, Raj Bhavan, Narayanguda, Basheerbagh and many areas. As a result, traffic moved at a snail’s pace on major routes across the city. Hyderabad Traffic Police appealed the motorists to avoid the Chief Minister’s Camp Office road.
GHMC Commissioner M Dana Kishore said a control room was set up to monitor the relief operations. He instructed the monsoon emergency teams and disaster response force teams to stay alert and clear the water logging to facilitate smooth flow of traffic.
Kishore appealed the citizens not open the manhole covers and instructed HMWSSB to make sure the manhole covers were closed to avoid any untoward incidents. In case of any complaints pertaining to manhole covers, he wanted the people to call 155313. Rain-related complaints can be lodged over 100 or 040-21111111.
Disaster Response Force
GHMC’s Disaster Response Force (DRF) hit the roads and took up the relief measures effectively on Tuesday evening with teams deployed at many areas, including Maitrivanam, King Koti, Kundan Bagh, Ramanthapur, Gandhi Hospital, Malakpet and others. In a few areas, residents volunteered to help them in clearing water logging and fallen tree branches. GHMC EVDM Director Viswajit Kampati thanked the citizens for supporting the DRF teams.Their efforts were appreciated by many on social media, including the city police in a few areas. A citizen, Karma tweeted “They are working and working real hard”. In Charminar, the police appreciated the DRF team for their timely action in clearing the water logging and facilitating the free flow of traffic.
Rainfall details till 8 pm
Asifnagar 68 mm
Sardarmahal 66.8 mm
Madhapur 63.8 mm
Chandulal Baradari 50.8 mm
Maitrivanam 50.3 mm
Srinagar colony 42.8 mm
Bandlaguda 41.3 mm