The sudden onslaught of rain in Hyderabad on Monday evening left three dead and brought the city to a standstill. The three dead included a four-month old boy along with his father S Yadulu who were buried alive under the debris of a retaining wall that collapsed on their thatched house at Naidu Nagar in Banjara Hills around 5:30 pm. Yadulu’s wife and two-year old daughter survived the accident.
In another incident, a 35-year old man in the old city was electrocuted when he touched a road-side parked van which came in contact with an electric pole. There was a short circuit near the van and the man touched the vehicle to maintain his balance.
The heavy rains which started around 4:00 pm on Monday evening stranded people in their offices and high downpour was recorded at Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Punjagutta, Uppal and Malkajgiri areas. The drains overflowed with water clogging and traffic jams across the city.
Several areas plunged into darkness as wires snapped disrupting power supply. Many people were stuck in their offices and railway stations for more than 12 hours as suburban train services were suspended after tracks were submerged.
The police cautioned the vehicle drivers and pedestrians to be careful while travelling on road, to walk far from drains, manholes and electric poles. They requested the people to step out from homes only when it is necessary and to watch for the rain updates on Met department website, said GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy.
According to Met official, Hyderabad recorded a rainfall of 67.6 mm around 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Many government offices including GHMC main office, Lakeview Guest House and Chief Minister’s office in Banjara Hills was clogged with rain water.
GHMC has pressed its personnel to flush out the stagnated water and for other relief works. Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao directed GHMC officials to take up relief works and respond to problems wherever necessary. Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahendar Reddy alerted all the police stations and man force to be ready for any calamities.
Residents coming back to the city after the long weekend returned to utter chaos. More rains expected in the next 48 hours and the government declared a holiday to schools and colleges today.