Hyd: Heavy rain makes rescue efforts difficult


HYDERABAD: One person died after Saturday’s fresh bout of rain, which came as a blow to the city even as many areas were just limping back to normalcy after a week of torrential rains. During the rains, a labourer returning home from work was electrocuted in Old Malakpet. The deceased, identified as 55-year-old Somaiah, accidentally touched an electric pole.
Many people were stuck as the drizzle in the afternoon gave way to heavy rain in the evening. The India Meteorological Department, Hyderabad, had earlier assured that the rain was ‘light to moderate’ in nature, but many residents feared the worst. The IMD issued a heavy rain alert with thunderstorms accompanied by lightning for five days up till Tuesday. Speaking to TOI, IMD Hyderabad director incharge K Nagaratna said the rain on Saturday was “light to moderate with intense spells in some places”. She said this was due to “thunderstorm activity and formation of cumulonimbus clouds over the state.”
Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist, private weather forecasting agency Skymet, said, “Over the next two days there would be an increase in rainfall activity with a low pressure area also developing over the Bengal of Bengal.”
However, he said this would not be as severe as the rains experienced over the week.
The city recorded rainfall of 44.5mm till 10pm, as per Telangana State Development Planning Society. The highest rainfall in GHMC was recorded at Uppal in Bandlaguda (153mm), Saroornagar at Rock Town Colony (142mm), Gandipet at GHMC office (133mm). As the rain continued into the night, residents began to worry about inundation again. Fresh flooding was noticed in several places including RTC crossroads, Mint Compound, Domalguda and Gachibowli. “While the main roads were relatively unaffected in my area, the gullies were knee-deep in water,” said Ratnakar Rao, Ashoknagar resident.

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