Heavy downpour over the last three days has left large parts of Hyderabad flooded. Many areas of Telangana have been put on high alert as the met department predicts heavy rainfall over the next three days as well. Over 600 buildings have been declared vulnerable in Hyderabad. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has also asked officials to stay on high alert in case the situation worsens.
“Heavy rain is very likely to continue even on Monday. A fresh low-pressure area is likely to form over north Bay of Bengal around August 19, following which heavy rain will again continue from August 20,” said Raja Rao, meteorologist, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad.
Various water bodies are on the brink of overflowing and breaches have been reported in some areas. Hanumakonda town and adjoining areas have turned into lakes. Locals blame municipal authorities for failing to clear storm-water drains.
Meanwhile in a statement, Chief Minister’s office said, “The Chief Minister reviewed the rain and flood situation at the Pragathi Bhavan and spoke with the Chief Secretary, the Director-General of Police and the Ministers, and ordered the setting up of two control rooms in Hyderabad. He also instructed Ministers to coordinate with the Collectors and police officials on a regular basis.”
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed teams for rescue and relief operations. Two control rooms are also being set up in Hyderabad. Moreover, two choppers have been deployed for rescue operations, and the state disaster response force has been put on alert. Twelve farmers from Kundanpally village of Jayshankar Bhupalpally district were rescued by a helicopter.
Naga Ratna, in-charge director, IMD Hyderabad said, “Depending on the fall of low-pressure areas over the north Bay of Bengal on August 19 we will be able to issue further warnings for specific districts. We are closely monitoring the situation.”
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