Hyderabad: 291 trees uprooted by gales; GHMC squads swung into action: Commissioner

, 8:18 PM IST

GHMC Commissioner Dr B. Janardhan Reddy has said sudden rain with strong winds and cyclonic winds lashed the city on Tuesday night and 96mm rainfall was recorded at Central zone areas like Yousufguda, Srinagar Colony and other areas.

The rain lasted for one-and-a-half hour. The GHMC, Police and other connected line departments, emergency teams swung into action immediately and tackled the emergency situation during late hours till this morning and almost all the works have been completed. The Commissioner said some 291 trees were uprooted and the GHMC emergency teams cleared them. As the rain occurred during night, there was no overflow of traffic for which no incidents occurred, said the Commissioner.

He said 32 electric poles have fallen and all the poles were removed and power supply was restored by the emergency teams. The GHMC has identified 54 water stagnation points and all of them cleared in the morning. The main cause of the water stagnation was due to plastic and other waste materials which were being thrown and dumped on the main roads.

The Commissioner appealed to the citizens not to throw plastic waste and other waster materials on the roads and water flow was being obstructed to enter manhole points. The Commissioner also appealed to the owners of shop keepers to inform about the water stagnation points which are in front of their shops to the concerned Assistant engineers or the emergency teams so that the teams may immediately tackle the problem. (NSS)