Heavy rain alert in Hyderabad; highways, railway tracks flooded

Areas like Begumpet, Toli Chowki, Alwal, Nizampet and Hakimpet are expected to be flooded in the next 48 hours.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: September 23, 2016 3:01:54 am
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The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are bracing for major flooding as heavy rain has been forecast for the next three days due to a low pressure buildup in Bay of Bengal. The cities are already battered due to heavy rain over the past two days causing flooding in several areas.

Areas like Begumpet, Toli Chowki, Alwal, Nizampet and Hakimpet are expected to be flooded in the next 48 hours. However, despite the warning, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and the Telangana government have not issued any official warning to citizens.

The Met department has said that heavy rainfall is expected from 5.30 pm of September 22 to 8.30 am the next day in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar and Medak districts.

The civic body’s CPRO Venkata Ramana said the state government has alerted an NDRF platoon based in the city, and the Army has been asked to be on alert.

On Thursday, many lakes, ponds and tanks in and outside the city had started overflowing, including the Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of Hyderabad.

The Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknama Express via Guntur and Vijayawada was evacuated near Bellamkonda, 60 km from Guntur, after flash floods caused breaches on the tracks. The train, which was coming from Howrah to Secunderabad, had left Bellamkonda station when the tracks got inundated due to heavy rain in Guntur and surrounding areas.

The heavy rain threw normal life out of gear in Guntur. The Guntur-Hyderabad highway was cut off due to flooding. The Hyderabad-bound Palnadu Express and Macherla Passenger were held up at Reddy Gudem and passengers were evacuated from both trains. South Central Railways PRO Uma Shankar said all evacuated passengers were transported to Hyderabad in buses.

Heavy rains also battered Hyderabad leading to flooding in low-lying areas and massive traffic jams across the city.

Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma has directed police commissioners of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda for immediate deployment of personnel in view of the warning of heavy rainfall. He has asked police to use social media and FM radio to guide traffic away from flooded roads and warn people about submerged open manholes.

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