Evacuation of low-lying colonies underway as heavy rain lashes Hyderabad

Hyderabad witnessed a second bout of torrential rain on Saturday evening barely days after heavy rainfall devastated the capital city of Telangana earlier this week. Inundation led to traffic snarls and water-logging in several areas of Hyderabad city.

In a video he posted on Twitter, Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar said evacuation is being carried out in low-lying areas. “Inundation of low lying colonies Hafiz baba nagar, Phoolbagh, Omar Colony, Indra Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Rajiv Nagar. Please cooperate with Police in evacuation exercise,” Commissioner Kumar added.

Singapur Township in Telangana’s Medchal Malkajgiri district received 157.3 mm of rainfall on Saturday, as per news agency PTI. Bandlaguda near Uppal in Hyderabad city followed with 153 mm of rain.

Efforts are being made by the Disaster Response Force (DRF) of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to clear water stagnation in low-lying areas.

Director of Vigilance and Disaster Management of GHMC, Vishwajit Kampati said in a tweet, “DRF teams are continually working on field clearing water stagnations and inundations. All possible measures being initiated in view of the incessant rainfall.”

Earlier on Saturday, the GHMC had issued advisory asking residents to stay indoors. “Most parts of city are likely to witness moderate to Heavy rainfall,” the tweet said.

Light to moderate rain or thundershowers are likely in parts of Hyderabad, The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its forecast.

Torrential rain and the subsequent inundation led to the loss of 50 lives in and around Hyderabad on October 15.

The Telangana government estimates that damage caused by these flash floods could have resulted to loss of private and government property worth more than Rs 5,000 crore.

(With inputs from PTI)

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