The downpour that inundated several residential localities of Hyderabad Tuesday night has claimed at least 19 lives, while some people are still missing.
Nine of a family were washed away from Alinagar colony in Mailardevpally late Tuesday night. While one of them survived, bodies of two others were recovered Wednesday afternoon. Five are still missing.
Md Abdul Taher Qureshi, who survived, said he and his family members were standing near their gate when gushing water washed him away. In an attempt to save him, his younger brother Md Abdul Qureshi(55) and other family members, Md Abdul Wajid Qureshi, Abdul Wasey Qureshi (33), Humaira Tabassum (24), Abdul Wahab Qureshi (5) and Amera Bibi (7), were washed away. Bodies of two other family members, Darkhash Qureshi (32) and Farzana Tabassum (26) were recovered near Falaknuma.
“Several walls had breached and water suddenly came gushing, throwing us into it. My younger brother tried to save me. He along with his children, grandchildren and everyone is gone now,” an inconsolable Taher Qureshi said in a video message to the authorities when Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) leader Amjedullah Khan visited him.
Confirming the incident, DCP Shamshabad N Prakash Reddy told indianexpress.com that the nine were washed away when they were trying to go to their neighbour’s home.
SHO, SIs and on duty staff of PS Rein Bazar helped and rescued low lying areas people about 300 members with the help of NDRF staff and locality people and provided them food and shifted them to safe areas i.e., Relatives, Masjids, Near by known people. pic.twitter.com/uYjjk0GOjd
— SHO Rein Bazar (@shoreinbazar) October 14, 2020
In another incident at Gaganpahad area in RGI Airport police station limits, three people, including a two-year-old boy, drowned after a nearby water body breached Tuesday night. The DCP said they were living at a function hall where they worked and they were washed away when they came out of their shelter in the night. They were identified as Md Amer Khan, Karima and her child Sahil. All were relatives. In another incident, a 45-year-old man at Sultanpally in Shamshabad rural police limits, who had gone fishing early morning, was reported drowned.
When the retaining wall of a neighbouring compound crashed onto a row of houses, eight people –– including a 19-day-old –– five of them belonging to one family, died in Ghouse Nagar Tuesday night. Two others who sustained injuries were shifted to a nearby private hospital for treatment. They were identified as Syed Sabad Hashmi (26), Fouzia Naz (36), Syed Zain (3), Syed Sadiq (15 months), Syed Zohaib (19 days), Syeda Anwari Begum (4), Zakira Begum (50) and Mohammed Samad (35). Chandrayangutta police has registered a case under 304A (Causing death by negligence) of the IPC.
At Sheriguda in Ibrahimpatnam on the city outskirts, collapse of a dilapidated structure led to the death of a woman, Suvarna (45), and her daughter Shravanti (15). The woman’s son escaped with minor injuries.
At Banjara Hills, a doctor who came out of his home to switch on the motor pump drowned in a cellar filled with rainwater. According to SI Rambabu of Banjara Hills police, Dr Satish Kumar Reddy, a physiotherapist aged around 50 years, fell in the cellar at his house in Yousufguda. He died of electrocution, said police.
A 40-year-old, B Phani Kumar, died Tuesday night after a high tension cable wire snapped and fell on his bike near Mallapur as he was returning home. In Amberpet, 33-year-old Raj Kumar of Vinayak Nagar died of an electric shock.
At Kodandaramnagar in Dilsukhnagar, a three-year-old boy, Adith Sai, accidentally fell into the cellar of his building Tuesday morning. Saroornagar police inspector K Seetharam said the boy was rushed to hospital by his mother but doctors declared him dead.
At Chandrayangutta, an unidentified body suspected to have been washed away in gushing rainwater currents was recovered from Al Jubail colony late Wednesday afternoon. Police are in the process of identifying the body.
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