Hyderabad Battered By 5 Hours Of Rain, 3 Killed

Hyderabad: Five hours of heavy rain paralysed Hyderabad on Monday evening as many parts of the city were flooded and the traffic came to a standstill. Three people died due to the downpour.

A 28-year-old man and his six-month-old son were buried alive in Banjara Hills after a wall came crumbling down on them. In the crowded Charminar area in the old city, another man was electrocuted.

Many areas of the city saw waist-deep water and vehicles stranded in water for hours. Residents coming back to the city after the long weekend returned to utter chaos.

The weather office said it recorded monsoon rainfall of 67.6 millimetres from 4:30 to 8:30 in the evening. The Met department said the city is likely to witness rainfall today as well.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation said its personnel have been working to drain out rainwater that had accumulated on the roads as soon as possible.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who spoke with the municipal corporation chief and also the city police head, said he has asked the authorities to be alert for a few more hours.
Mr Rao told the authorities to ensure the city did not suffer if it rained at night as well, the chief minister's office said in a statement.

Hyderabad, however, did not see rainfall as high as Mumbai saw last month. Earlier too on August 29, Mumbai received 331 mm rainfall in 24 hours, paralysing normal life in the metropolis.

Several people were stuck in their offices and on railway stations for more than 12 hours as suburban train services were suspended after tracks were submerged following heavy rains.

(With inputs from PTI)




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