Heavy Rains hamper life in Hyderabad and Telangana

Charminar flooded by heavy rain in Hyderabad.

HYDERABAD: With rain that is bringing life to a standstill, residents of Hyderabad are staying on high grounds and keeping off the roads, as a flood-like situation has taken over the city. On Friday, two persons died in separate rain related incidents.

However, the worst is far from over, as meteorologists predict that the city should brace for a spell of more rains. “We have issued a five-day alert now. And the intensity of the rains could be the same,” said Dr Y K Reddy, director (in-charge), IMD Hyderabad.

The state government ordered schools to remain shut and office-goers advised to work from home until the water recedes.

The city has been pounded by heavy monsoon showers for the past three days. So much that flood waters have inundated many parts of the city. According to officials of the met department, the city received a cumulative rainfall of 7.6 centimetres.

Not just the city, the incessant rainfall and its ramification in the city and state has forced the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, to order a survey to assess the damages caused by the rains. According to sources, once the report is filed the chief secretary Rajiv Sharma, would submit the same to the centre, for assistance. It was not just damages even coal production was hit at Sigareni Collieries due to the rains, as the production levels fell by 9,000 tonnes.