Heavy rains pound Hyderabad, Army help sought
Hyderabad, Sep 22 (IANS) Authorities in Hyderabad have sought help of Army for possible rescue operations as heavy rains continued to lash the city and outskirts for a second consecutive day Thursday.
With the met office forecasting more rains over next two days, a high alert was sounded in the city.
Greater Hyderabad Mayor B. Rammohan said the help of Army was sought for rescue work in areas like Alwal, Nizampet and Begumpet where overflowing water bodies and open drains have inundated residential areas.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has also sought assistance from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to undertake rescue and relief works.
With water level in Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of the city reaching full tank level and water being let out through a surplus drain, GHMC alerted people living in areas along the nala. All three parks surrounding the lake have been closed for public.
Telangana government has declared a holiday for all schools in GHMC limits on Friday and Saturday.
Heavy rains on Wednesday claimed three lives in the city. More rains Thursday evening added to the woes of the people already marooned in the affected areas. In Bhandari Layout of Nizampet, several apartments remained inundated for a second day.
The incessant rains once again brought normal life to a standstill in the city. People returning home from offices were caught in traffic jams in almost all parts of Hyderabad and its twin Secunderabad.
Traffic came to a halt on major arterial roads due to overflowing storm water drains and sewerage manholes.
The motorists were having a harrowing time due to bad condition of roads and ongoing work on Hyderabad Metro Project.
Urban Development Minister K. Tarakarama Rao on Thursday visited some affected areas in Begumpet and Nizampet. He assured people that modernization of storm water and sewerage systems will be taken up on a priority basis.