Heavy rain brings Hyderabad to a standstill

However, the journey appeared to be never-ending as traffic jams were the order of the day.
A group of women, left, brave the heavy rain that lashed Hyderabad in the late afternoon of Thursday
A group of women, left, brave the heavy rain that lashed Hyderabad in the late afternoon of Thursday | Sri Loganathan Velmurugan

HYDERABAD: A two-hour spell of heavy rain on Thursday afternoon brought Hyderabad to a standstill — citizens stranded, traffic jammed, roads inundated and power cuts galore.

As per the Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), Nalgonda district recorded 102.8 mm, Nagarkurnool district 101 mm, Khariatabad in Hyderabad recorded 90.3 mm, Shaikpet 87.5 mm, Amberpet 85.3 mm and Nampally 83 mm.

The rain left commuters struggling with traffic jams at major junctions while most arterial roads and lanes were inundated, making it impossible for traffic to flow smoothly. Power outages were reported from most parts of the city from early afternoon till late evening.

Taking advantage of the people’s misery, cab aggregators increased fares sharply. However, there was little relief for those willing to pay the exorbitant amounts since the wait time stretched on and on.

R Malathi, who was travelling from Shaikpet to Rajendranagar, had to wait for one hour before she could get a cab and still had to pay a much higher fare than on normal days.

A Rajesh, another commuter, said he parked his two-wheeler at a fuel station and booked an auto to reach his workplace. However, the journey appeared to be never-ending as traffic jams were the order of the day.

People also took to social media platform ‘X’ to share their agony of being stranded in the rain, power cuts, water-logged streets and several other issues. 

while vehicles crawl at a snail’s pace on the Begumpet to Punjagutta flyover |  Vinay Madapu
while vehicles crawl at a snail’s pace on the Begumpet to Punjagutta flyover | Vinay Madapu

The IMD said that the cyclonic circulation over east Vidarbha and neighbourhood now lies over southwest Madhya Pradesh at 0.9 km above mean sea level.

Under the influence of the weather system, Telangana will continue to experience light to moderate rains or thundershowers with lightning and gusty winds of around 30-40 kmph till May 22 and yellow alert has been issued for the weather conditions in most of the districts.

Hyderabad will experience light rains or thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds of around 30-40 kmph, while the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 37 degree Celsius and 27 degree Celsius respectively, with south-easterly surface winds.

The IMD said that moderate rains and thundershowers were recorded in Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Nagarkurnool, Suryapet, Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri districts, while light to moderate rains were experienced in Adilabad, Jagtial, Bhadradri-Kothagudem, Jogulamba-Gadwal, Kumurambheem-Asifabad, Peddapalli, Rajanna-Sircilla, Wanaparthy, Warangal, Hanamkonda, Nirmal, Narayanpet, Mahabubabad, Mahbubnagar and neighbouring areas.

Revanth instructs officials to stay alert

Meanwhile, Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy instructed officials to remain alert and also spoke to officers of various departments, asking them to ensure the safety of the public.

Rain to continue till May 22 in Telangana

Telangana will continue to experience light rains or thundershowers with lightning and gusty winds of around 30-40 kmph till May 22 and yellow alert has been issued

Playing havoc

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  • IMD has issued a yellow alert and forecast light to moderate rains till May 22 in TG, including Hyderabad

  • Five people lost their lives in separate rain-related accidents in the erstwhile Medak and Sircilla districts

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