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Heavy Rains Paralyze Hyderabad, Citizens Urged to Stay Indoors


HYDERABAD: Torrential rains have wreaked havoc in Hyderabad city since Thursday morning, causing water logging in various low-lying areas and disrupting daily life for citizens. With the downpour showing no signs of relenting, most companies have instructed their employees to work from home, ensuring their safety amid the relentless rains.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has issued an advisory, urging citizens to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary. Officials have cautioned against using electrical appliances and driving on waterlogged roads to prevent any mishaps. Disaster Response Teams (DRF) have been actively deployed across the city, offering assistance around the clock.

The DRF teams have been actively addressing the challenges posed by the continuous rainfall. They were quick to respond to water stagnation on Langar House Road, closely monitoring catch pits and taking necessary actions to eliminate the issue. In another incident, the DRF team promptly attended to a fallen tree in Kavadiguda, ensuring the safety of the residents.

The situation remains critical as the rains continue to pour. Telangana Weatherman T Balaji highlighted that both East and Central Telangana have experienced relentless flooding rains, with Hyderabad facing hours of heavy rainfall. Over the past six hours, the city has received up to 60mm of rainfall, with forecasts predicting an additional 30-40mm in the coming hours. Balaji urged residents to exercise caution and stay safe amidst the significant downpour.

According to rainfall data provided by the GHMC from 8:30 am on July 26 to 7 am on July 27, the Chandrayangutta circle received the highest rainfall at 5.4 cm, closely followed by the Karwan circle and Cherapalli, both receiving 5.2 cm of rainfall. The GHMC has received 150 complaints of water stagnation, of which 131 have been resolved, with 19 still under processing. Additionally, they responded to 18 complaints of tree falls, successfully resolving all reported incidents.

As the city grapples with the ongoing rain havoc, authorities are working tirelessly to mitigate the impact on citizens. Residents are urged to stay vigilant and follow safety guidelines issued by the GHMC and disaster response teams.


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