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Heavy rains lash Andhra, Telangana; 500 rescued from Hyderabad’s low-lying areas

india Updated: Sep 23, 2016 10:47 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times
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Residents carry their belongings along a flooded street, following heavy rain in Nijampet, a low lying area on the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 21, 2016. (AFP)

Heavy rains battered Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours bringing normal life to a grinding halt and causing severe damage to crops and properties.

The capital city of Hyderabad, which has been hit by incessant rains for the last four days, is the worst affected with several residential colonies and apartments inundated due to overflowing sewers and storm water drains.

Rainfall ranging from six to 22 cm was recorded in the last 12 hours in several areas of the city.

The Telangana government announced a high alert in Hyderabad with the met department forecasting heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. It declared a holiday for all educational institutions and asked software companies in Cyberabad to allow their employees to work from home for the next 24 hours.

Streets flooded after heavy rain near Mahboob Mansion Market Malakpet in Hyderabad. (PTI)

“Further, the system will continue to move in the west direction, moving closer to Telangana. With this, more torrential rains will continue to lash entire Telangana including Hyderabad during the next 48 hours as well,” met officials said.

Following the request from the government, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Indian Army swung into action on Friday morning to evacuate people from the low-lying areas in Hyderabad. So far, they have evacuated 500 families to the safer places.

Several flights scheduled to depart from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad have been rescheduled by two to three hours to due to inclement weather.

The water level in the historic Hussainsagar lake, which has already crossed its full tank level (FTL) of 514.3 ft, is nearing the danger mark with the inflow of 5,000 cusecs. Authorities are able to release 4,000 cusecs through its sewers.

It resulted in inundation of several residential localities like Ashoknagar, Gandhinagar, Narayanguda, Bagh Lingampalli and Nallakunta.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation opened an emergency cell to receive SOS calls from people caught in the floods. Control rooms at all the zonal and circle offices of GHMC will function round the clock.

The GHMC authorities evacuated people from over 1,000 dilapidated buildings in the city, fearing that they might collapse any time due to heavy rains.

Several other cities in Telangana are also on high alert against the flood like situation. Places like Ranga Reddy, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar and Medak are also witnessing heavy rains.

Women receive assistance as they make their way through floodwaters following heavy rain in Nijampet, a low lying area on the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 21, 2016. (AFP)

Five killed in Andhra’s Guntur

The situation in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh was also grim with coastal districts like Guntur, Prakasam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, besides Kurnool in Rayalaseema, facing a flood-like situation.

Guntur district was the worst hit with towns like Narasaraopet, Pidugurall and Sattenapalli areas caught in floods due to the breach of tanks and overflowing streams.

Five people, including a woman and two children, lost their lives after being swept away in the waters. At least 5,000 people have been rescued and brought to relief camps.

The Andhra Pradesh government deployed helicopters to rescue people who got stranded in the marooned villages.

The Guntur-Hyderabad highway has also been cut off after the flash floods in the Guntur region. Several trains plying on this route have been cancelled due to the inundation of the railway tracks.