Rains wreak havoc in parts of Telangana, 15 killed

Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad. Photograph: PTI Photo

Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad. Photograph: PTI Photo

New Delhi, October 14 (PTI): Fifteen people have died in Hyderabad in rain related incidents, following incessant rainfall that lashed the city and different parts of Telangana, leading to waterlogging on roads and inundation of some low-lying areas. 

The deaths were reported since Tuesday night as downpour triggered wall and house collapse in different places in Hyderabad, officials said.

The state government has declared a holiday on Wednesday and Thursday for all private institutions, offices, non-essential services within Outer Ring Road here in view of rains.

People were advised to stay indoors for the next two days as more rains are expected in the state.

Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K T Rama Rao and Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav held an emergency meeting with senior officials and reviewed the rescue and relief operations in the city.

Three members of a family, including a child died in a house collapse in Gaganpahad area of Shamshabad this morning, police said. 

Ten people, including a toddler died in two wall collapse incidents in Chandrayangutta police station limits.

In another incident, a 40-year-old woman and her daughter died after the roof of their house fell on them at Ibrahimpatnam area here after downpour on Tuesday night.

Several localities in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits received very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall leading to waterlogging on several roads and low lying areas.

Rivulets and other water bodies were in spate in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district in the state following heavy rains and the administration has advised people not to travel on or cross such rivulets and inundated roads. 

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar has instructed the officials of all district administrations to remain on high alert.

Police teams and personnel of Disaster Response Force of GHMC and NDRF evacuated several families from different localities that were flooded, even as rescue efforts were on in many other areas.

The GHMC mayor, deputy mayor, MLAs, and other elected representatives and officials have been ordered to be available in the field and continuously monitor and coordinate relief measures. 

Rama Rao directed the Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district collectors to coordinate with the police and Municipal Administration and Urban Development department to shift people residing in low-lying areas and on the banks of Nalas and Musi rivers to relief shelters.

As several trees and electricity poles were uprooted due to the deluge Rama Rao asked the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited officials to coordinate with MAUD and police to ensure power was restored at the earliest. 

Power supply was suspended in most parts of the state capital on Tuesday as a precaution, the officials said adding the measure was taken for public safety.

Traffic jam was witnessed along Vijayawada-Hyderabad highway and commuters were advised to take alternate routes while police personnel diverted vehicular movement on city outskirts.

In its weather forecast, the Met department in Hyderabad said thunderstorm accompanied by lightning is very likely to occur at isolated places over Telangana on Wednesday.

Heavy to very heavy rain is very likely to occur at isolated places including Hyderabad on Wednesday and Thursday, it added.