HYDERABAD: The city woke to a deluge after many areas suffered the wrath of vigorous southwest monsoon on Thursday. A total of 25 areas in Hyderabad recorded rainfall of up to 212 mm, triggering massive inundation in many areas.
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad records, at 69mm, July 14 was the third rainiest July day for Hyderabad in the last 10 years. The city recorded 115.1mm of rain on July 21, 2012 followed by 86.4mm on July 12, 2013. It was after seven years that Hyderabad witnessed this kind of rain in 24 hrs.
According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society figures up to 8.30am on Thursday, Bandlaguda recorded the highest rainfall of 212.5mm followed by 192.3mm at Vanasthalipuram and 190.5mm at Hasthinapuram among others.
The rainfall led to inundation of areas areas surrounding the Saroornagar lake. In areas like Hasthinapuram, Hayathnagar, Al Jubail Colony, Nadeem Colony, P&T Colony, Dilsukh Nagar, Chaitanyapuri, Kamalanagar etc. the rain water entered houses and vehicles were seen partially submerged.
The rainfall that started during wee hours of Thursday continued till early morning. Subsequently, the disaster response teams were activated by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at vulnerable flooding areas.
The Rachakonda police rescued 30 people who were stuck in water logged areas in Mallikarjuna Nagar, Ayyapa colony, LB Nagar. They were shifted to Nagole community hall and the cops posted pickets at all vulnerable flooded areas.
The IMD, Hyderabad has issued a red alert for Thursday at Hyderabad, Rangagreddy, Medchal Malkajgiri, Yadadri Bhuvanagari, Sangareddy, Medak and Rangareddy.