Updated: October 18, 2020 10:12:06 pm
Even as Hyderabad limps back to normalcy after multiple heavy spells of rainfall earlier in the week, the India Meteorological Department has sounded yet another warning for Monday and Tuesday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning, is expected at isolated places in Telangana on these days, as per the IMD’s forecast.
People of Hyderabad and surrounding areas can expect heavy rainfall starting Monday evening due to an upper air cyclonic circulation that will converge with a south-westerly flow of winds, said K Nagarathna, director in-charge of IMD in Hyderabad.
While the state received excess rainfall of 50 per cent during the south-west monsoon, the deviation in rainfall recorded in October as of date is an excess of 430 per cent. “There was nothing abnormal about rainfall yesterday. People are afraid because water bodies are full and many have already lost their shelters to urban floods,” she said.
After the October 13 deluge, heavy rains once again wreaked havoc in Hyderabad on Saturday evening. In no time, several low-lying areas witnessed strong currents of gushing rainwater.
A six-year-old girl, Adiba Begum, was killed after a wall collapsed on her when she was sleeping at home in RK Pet of Mangalhat. A 52-year-old man was electrocuted in Chaderghat after he touched an electric pole Saturday night.
Parts of LB Nagar and Hayatnagar recorded between 16cm and 18cm rainfall, as per the Automated Weather Stations of Telangana State Development Planning Society. Very heavy rainfall, of over 11cm, was reported from 28 different locations across the city. As many as 37,000 families are affected by urban floods in the city, according to the estimates of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
The worst scenes of devastation emerged from Hafiz Baba Nagar in the old city, where motor vehicles were washed away by strong currents after adjoining Gurram Cheruvu lake’s bund was breached. Colonies in and around Balapur, Hafiz Baba Nagar, Phoolbagh, Omar Colony, Indra Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, and Rajiv Nagar were severely affected, and people spent the night waiting for help. Water levels receded by Sunday evening but not without leaving a trail of destruction behind. Heaps of slush along with organic and inorganic waste was deposited inside houses.
Meanwhile, scores of people were rescued and moved to safer locations by the GHMC’s disaster response force (DRF) and police personnel. A statement from the Corporation said 2,100 families were evacuated from the localities abutting Gurram Cheruvu due to the possibility of a flood.
“CM’s Relief ration kits along with 3 blankets, total worth Rs 2800/-, are being distributed to the affected families… Similarly, milk, bread, and biscuits are being distributed. About 90,000 meals (food packets) during lunch and 60,000 meals at dinner have been distributed to the flood-affected people for free,” the statement said.
The civic body also said its engineering wing and DRF teams are pumping out water from apartment cellars and inundated colonies. Further, 60 teams with two vehicles per each circle are spraying bleaching powder and sodium hypochlorite in cellars and open areas to contain waterborne and vector-borne diseases.
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