Heavy showers throw Hyderabad out of gear

Sudden heavy rainfall took several parts of the city by surprise on Friday. And going by the IMD warning, there’s more in store.

Published: 07th April 2018 04:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th April 2018 04:29 AM   |  A+A-

A motorist has a tough time riding on water clogged road in Punjagutta; a protective steel sheet of an under construction building falls down, at Begumpet in Hyderabad on Friday | R SATISH BABU

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Sudden heavy rainfall took several parts of the city by surprise on Friday. And going by the IMD warning, there’s more in store. The met department has predicted thunderstorms and gusty winds on Saturday too.Khairatabad witnessed Extremely Intense Rainfall recording 5.2 centimeter within a span of just one hour -- between 8 and 9 pm -- according to the Telangana State Development Planning Society data. Very Intense Spell of rainfall occurred at Nampally, Srinagar Colony and Asmangadh which recorded 3.8cm, 3.2cm and 3.1cm being recorded respectively.

There was an intense spell of rainfall at Ameerpet and Patancheru which recorded at 2.6 cm and 2.4 cm respectively. At Golkonda, 1.7cm rainfall was recorded.Gusts of wind with speed reaching up to 31 kilometer per hour swept several parts of the city plunging the temperature below 20 degree Celsius at many places. Lowest temperature was recorded at Uppal at 18 degree Celsius. Hail was also reported in parts of Hyderabad.

Public were caught off-guard as the rains caused traffic jams, waterlogging and power outage.
Traffic came to a standstill at various traffic junctions like Begumpet, Panjagutta, Ameerpet, Khairatabad and IT corridor areas like Kondapur, Madhapur and near Cyber Towers.

Power outage was reported at King Koti, Hyderguda, Nampally, Moosarambagh, Bowenpally, Motimahal, Yakutpura, Petlaburj, Falaknuma, Barkas, Golkonda, Miyapur, Jawahar Nagar and Nanakramguda. Emergency teams of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporations (GHMC) received dozens of distress calls as tree branches came crashing with strong winds and  thunderbolts.  GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy issued notice for advertising agencies to take precautionary measures keeping in mind the weather conditions, which directed all twin flexis to be removed and mount only single flexis and follow safety norms as per GHMC rules.

The high speed winds also resulted in hoardings getting uprooted. In some parts of Khairatabad, Srinagar colony, Nampally and Ameerpet, low-lying areas were flooded leaving people either stranded or wading through knee-deep waters.

However, it was not all sad and gloomy as many Hyderabadis took to Twitter praising the drop in temperatures, windy weather and rains.Rainfall was also experienced in some parts of Sangareddy and Medchal districts with the maximum rain recorded at 5.1 cm in a span of one hour at Zaheerabad in Sangareddy.

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