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Heavy rain lashes Hyderabad inundating several areas, IMD forecasts more showers till Oct 14

The Met Office has forecast thunderstorms accompanied by lightning at isolated places in a few districts of Telangana on Saturday too

By: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad |
Updated: October 9, 2021 7:04:56 pm
Commuters cross submerged Musarambagh bridge due to heavy rain in Hyderabad, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. (PTI Photo)

A short but intense spell of rainfall lashed the state as well as parts of Hyderabad Friday night inundating low-lying areas and streets in no time and bringing traffic to a standstill, while instances of two-wheelers and autorickshaws being washed away were also reported. Several photos of flooded shops and restaurants have also emerged.

In about 90 minutes, several areas around Saroornagar, LB Nagar, Malakpet, Santoshnagar and Falaknuma recorded over 10 cm of rainfall. However, some of the adjoining parts of the city like Malkajgiri, Nampally, Alwal, Jubilee Hills, Yousufguda, Kukatpally and Gachibowli received only negligible amounts of rain.

The Hyderabad centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the rainfall will continue till October 14. The IMD has forecast thunderstorms accompanied by lightning at isolated places in a few districts of Telangana on Saturday as well. “You can expect heavy and short spells of rainfall but it may not be as intense as Friday night,” said K Naga Rathna, Director in-charge, IMD.

According to IMD, Saroornagar recorded the highest downpour in the state at 15 cm, followed by Shadnagar (Rangareddy district), Kalwakurthy (Nagarkurnool) and Maganoor (Narayanpet) which recorded 10 cm.

In Vanasthalipuram’s Chintalkunta, a motorist had a miraculous escape after reportedly falling into an open drain during the rain. He was found 3 km away at Karmanghat and had sustained minor injuries. When contacted over the phone, Vanasthalipuram ACP K Purushotham Reddy said a rescue operation was initiated by the police and GHMC staff upon receiving information regarding the incident, but the man escaped safely before he could be rescued. He was traced, given first-aid and sent home. Police are verifying his claims, he said.

According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society – which records real-time rainfall and has a wider network of rain gauge systems – Saroornagar, LB Nagar, Hayatnagar, Saidabad, Falknuma, Chandrayangutta, Santoshnagar, Charminar, Bandlaguda and Bahadurpura received over 10 cm rainfall in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area. All these localities also witnessed waterlogging on roads.

Rathna told indianexpress.com that parts of the state and the state capital received intense spells of rainfall under the influence of an east-west wind shear (a rapid change in wind velocity or direction) from east-central Arabian sea to the south-west Bay of Bengal due to which some of the clouds moved towards Telangana. She said more rains could be expected as the southwest monsoon is yet to fully withdraw from the region. Also, a system of low pressure is slowly developing and we are monitoring it, she added.

Besides the incident at Chintalkunta, open manholes and drains have recently been turning into death traps for pedestrians and motorists elsewhere too. During a similar downpour on September 25, a 35-year-old software engineer died after falling into an open drain in Manikonda. In another incident, a 54-year-old man was found dead after tumbling into an open nala at Quthbullapur.

While the offset of the southwest monsoon is yet to be announced for the state, Telangana has received 39 per cent excess rainfall from June 1 to September 30 this year, according to IMD, Hyderabad. The state received 1,044.7 mm rainfall during the period against the IMD’s long pending average (LPA) of 751.9 mm. Ten of the 33 districts have recorded large amounts of excess rainfall while 15 districts received excess rainfall and the remaining eight districts received normal rainfall. The districts which received the highest actual rainfall are Adilabad (1,600.4mm), Nirmal (1,564.0mm), Kumarambheem Asifabad (1,486.4mm), Mahabubabad (1,418.7mm), and Rajanna Sircilla (1,386.2mm)

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