Many ar­eas flood in fresh rains

Pedes­trian gets elec­tro­cuted; peo­ple urged to post­pone travel plans

Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BALU PULIPAKA I DC

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.

—R.PAVAN

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.

—S.SURENDERRE­DDY

An RTC bus wades through a flooded RP Road in Se­cun­der­abad af­ter heavy rains lashed the city again on Satur­day.

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