Heavy rains pound Hyderabad, two-day holiday for educational institutions

The Telangana Government has directed schools and colleges to declare holiday Friday and Saturday.

By: Express News Service | Hyderabad | Published:September 23, 2016 9:52 am
hyderabad-759 The Telangana Government has directed schools and colleges to declare holiday Friday and Saturday.(Express Photo)

Many parts of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are water-logged as incessant rains pounded the city since Thursday evening. The Met Department has warned of heavy rains till September 25.

The Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of the city is filled to the brim since last night although authorities are releasing water continuously which resulted in flooding in low-lying areas downstream. Several areas like Begumpet, Alwal, Malkajgiri, Secunderabad, Nizampet, Hafizpet were inundated.

The Telangana Government has directed schools and colleges to declare holiday Friday and Saturday. Drinking water supply has also been hit in several areas as pipelines broke and got clogged with silt.

Nasscom Regional Director Srikanth Srinivasan has sent out a note to all IT/ITeS companies suggesting that employees may be given option of working from home.

“Further to the discussions with Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Government of Telangana, we have been informed that heavy rains are expected in Telangana over the next two days. In order to avoid any disruptions and to ensure that people are safe it is being advised by the government that all IT / ITeS organisations in Hyderabad and Cyberabad limits may give the option of “working from home” to their employees for the next 2 days, wherever feasible. However, please note that this is an advisory in the interest and safety of all concerned and organisations may take a judicious decision based on their business requirements,’’ the Nasscom note stated.

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Several old houses collapsed in the city but no one was injured as officials of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) evacuated residents last night. Army has been asked to remain on standby in case large-scale evacuations are required. Food packets were being distributed by voluntary organizations in several low-lying areas where water has entered homes.

Heavy rains also pounded Coastal Andhra districts, especially rural areas of Guntur district where large areas were submerged after overnight rains. People from affected villages were evacuated by NDRF and local police teams. Vijayawada, Eluru, Kakinada also received heavy rains affecting normal life.