Hyderabad: Heavy rain continues to lash Hyderabad on Thursday as the fear of rainfall came true. Eight areas in Hyderabad recorded over 2.5 centimeters rainfall in just 70 minutes.
Two dilapidated houses in Edibazaar and Yakutpura collapsed but there was no loss of life, even as the GHMC Commissioner B.Janardhan Reddy alerted the monsoon teams to be high alert in view of the heavy downpour.
According to the report, West Maredpally received the highest amount of 31 mm rainfall followed by Chilakalaguda (30 mm) and Monda Market (28.7 mm). Srinagar Colony, Trimulgherry, Balanagar, Fever Hospital and Narayanguda received over 20 mm rain.
Life came to a grinding halt in several parts of the city, as overflowing streets, water logging in low lying areas and arterial junctions made life of people miserable.
With consistent civic apathy towards repairing potholes, some creative minds came out with an idea of planting trees. Denizens from across the city have detected that roads, many already damaged, sustained further damage, revealing poor mechanism for water draining and bringing into question the quality of roads.
Rains broke a 16-year record as Hyderabad received 16.7 cm of rains. From 10 pm to midnight, the GHMC limits received the highest rainfall ever recorded, leading to the breaching of lakes, flooding at Quthbullapur and surrounding areas.
GHMC executive engineer R. Srinivas Reddy said, “There are two records. Usually rainfall is calculated over 24 hours. If the 24-hour rainfall from Tuesday 8.30 am to Wednesday 8.30 am is taken, then the highest is still the 24 cm rainfall of August 2000. But if we consider the two-hour spell, around 10 cm of rain was recorded at Shapurnagar in Quthbullapur, the highest short spell in city’s history.”
It rained on Wednesday, too, but not heavily. Met department said that the upper air circulation had turned into a lower pressure area over Bay of Bengal, which resulted in the rains.