HYDERABAD: Dark clouds arrived as welcome relief from the sweltering heat on Sunday morning, but soon paralysed life leading to waterlogging and traffic snarls.
The downpour flooded roads catching motorists unawares. For those residing in low-lying areas, rain brought misery as low lying areas were inundated.
Many areas in the city, such as Nagole and Uppal received more than 21 mm of rainfall. Though the measure was moderate, incessant downpour for hours led to clogging of drains and flooding of roads.
People who ventured out had to wade through knee-deep water or drive with the constant risk of vehicle break-down, as water flowed above engine level.
Also, the heavy flow of water washed away many vehicles. Though rains stopped after around four hours, the discomfiture continued as slush and garbage got washed onto roads as well as houses in low lying areas.
Drainages overflowed and sewage water flowed on the roads posing health hazard of commuters, who were gripped by fear of seasonal diseases like dengue, malaria.
Many parts in L B Nagar, Dilsukhnagar, Malakpet, Tarnaka, Tolichowki, Mehdipatnam, Karkhana, Bnajara Hills, Old city, and other parts of the city witnessed heavy downpour while some areas such as Begumpet, Punjagutta, Khairathabad had only limited drizzle.
Being Sunday, traffic was relatively relaxed. However, in places where roads were dug up commuting became a task.
“Driving my vehicle on these roads on days when there are no rains is a challenge, as the path is uneven, filled with gravel, and dust washes the face. It became more vexing on Sunday as slush,and puddles made driving tough,” Satish Kumar, a motorist on Shaikpet stretch, said.
The rains which lashed the city from Sunday afternoon showed the signs from Saturday night. Thunderstorms lasted for more than half-an-hour on Saturday night.
Prediction for Telangana
North and north-east Telangana would receive upto 7 centimeters of rainfall during the next 48 hours. Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal, could witness heavy rains.