HYDERABAD: After Wednesday midnight’s deluge in parts of Hyderabad, which recorded an overall 9cm rainfall across the city, residents of several low lying areas which were inundated are yet to return to normalcy. Rains staying away for the day came as a major relief for residents of colonies of Malkajgiri, one among several areas in the city.The sudden downpour had brought them severe miseries, and on Friday, the sight of dirty waters receding from their homes was reassuring a normal life for many. Many were seen taking out their furniture and other belongings for drying in the sun. Several residents took out their linen and beddings, as most belongings had been submerged in water.
“I was scared for my life and family. The dirty water had reached waist levels here, resulting in the damage of most of my hard earned electronic appliances and other essential commodities,” said Murali Krishna, a resident of the colony. “Seeing the bright sun makes us all feel safe. Many of our relatives and friends came to help us,” he added.As the rain was horrible, the water-levels in the area rose, sweeping slush and garbage into homes and life had come to a standstill in the Patel colony.
Stranded, drenched and left with nothing to cook or eat and even no place to rest their back, residents here are now pondering how and if will they return to life as it was earlier. “The damage is devastating for all of us. Our homes are stinking. Most of our stuff, including all electronic appliances, have been damaged. The financial loss is more than what we can bear,” said M Srikanth, resident of Patel Nagar.
‘No politician, NGO came to help us’
As we are struggling to come to terms with the losses, no politician, government department officials, NGOs or other private organisations stepped in to help us with at least food packets and drinking water, he said, adding that he hardly remember their Corporator walking on streets after the election.“It was around 3 am on Thursday that water entered into our houses. We immediately started to keep some stock on roof shelf. We also began draining out the flood waterb ut with the rains continuing, that wasn’t enough,” Uday Kiran said, adding that the residents are trying their best to restore normalcy in the colony.