Many areas flood in fresh rains
Pedestrian gets electrocuted; people urged to postpone travel plans
A heavy downpour on Saturday evening over much of Hyderabad opened up the still fresh wounds the people suffered following the deluge on Tuesday, with many residential areas getting flooded for the second time in less than a week.
The rain that began late in the evening, continued as a steady and at times heavy downpour late into the night.
After two days of relatively dry weather over much of the city, Saturday’s evening downpour was accompanied by lightning and thunderclaps, that, in some areas, shook window panes of houses.
One person was reported dead after being electrocuted in Old Malakpet while walking on a road.
Even as tens of thousands of families whose homes were flooded were still in the process of cleaning up after the first round of floods, Saturday’s downpour came as a double whammy with fresh floods threatening to overtake their lives yet again.
With the downpour continuing late into the night, reports of several colonies going underwater yet again began coming in. Jubail Colony in Chandrayangutta, P&T Colony in Saroornagar reported heavy floods while similar reports came from Prakashnagar and Brahmanwadi in Begumpet, and Kamalanagar in Chaitanyapuri.
Some of the worst hit areas after Tuesday’s rain such as Tolichowki and Bandlaguda were again facing serious danger from fresh flooding.
The GHMC urged people not to step out of their homes unless absolutely essential and postpone any travel plans.
People were urged to avoid contact with electrical appliances and switch & panel boards. For information on the nearest relief camp, people can call 040-21111111, the GHMC said.
The rain threw traffic out of gear and long traffic jams could be seen in many parts of the city as roads began flooding once more. The situation was enough for the Cyberabad police to put an urgent stop to pedestrian visitors at the cable-stayed bridge across Durgam Cheruvu.
The rains also flooded the old Kurnool road towards the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport from the PVNR Expressway near Gaganpahad and the police advised public going towards the airport and Bengaluru to use the Outer Ring Road.
Elsewhere, the Hyderabad- Vij ayawada highway that bore some of the brunt of the earlier rains this week, witnessed a fresh round of long traffic jams with water flooding a section of the road leading out of the city.
The traffic police reported waterlogging at Tolichowki, already one of the worst flood hit areas, while the road between Falaknuma and Old Mahbubnagar crossroads was closed due to damage to the road.
With Pallecheruvu tank again overflowing on Saturday night, the police issued traffic diversion advisories between Chandrayangutta and Shamshabad, Chandrayangutta and Shadnagar, and Aramghar to Shadnagar.
Motorists make their way through heavy downpour at Gachibowli. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad experienced heavy rain and thunder and lightning on Saturday with most parts getting inundated.
An RTC bus wades through a flooded RP Road in Secunderabad after heavy rains lashed the city again on Saturday.