Rain fury in Hyderabad: State seeks Army, NDRF help

Flooded streets after heavy rain two wheelers washed away near Mahboob Mansion Market Malakpet in Hyderabad  Photo-PTi

Flooded streets after heavy rain two wheelers washed away near Mahboob Mansion Market Malakpet in Hyderabad
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Incessant rains in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have halted normal life for the second consecutive day causing flooding in several areas in Hyderabad and Warangal.

Municipal and City Planning authorities in Telangana have sought help of Army for possible rescue operations after MeT department forecasted heavy rains for the next three days

 A view of a flooded School at Begumpet after heavy rains in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Photo -PTI

A view of a flooded School at Begumpet after heavy rains in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
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A high alert was sounded in Hyderabad on Thursday and government declared a two-day holiday for all educational institutions on account of a low pressure buildup in Bay of Bengal. IT companies in the city urged to provide ‘work from home’ option to the employees.

Telangana’s Information Technology Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said they have sent an advisory to IT companies’ association to either declare a holiday or allow their employees to work from home following forecast of heavy rains today and tomorrow.

“We have asked the association to send an advisory to all the IT companies located in the city. Accordingly, they issued advisory to all the IT firms. This is in the interest of safety of the employees. The response from companies is good,” Ranjan said.

CM Chandrasekhar Rao who is currently in Delhi has directed officials to be prepared for any eventuality. The chief minister asked the officials to shift people residing in low-lying areas to safer zones and take help from police, NDRF and Army.

A  view of the flooded localities after heavy rain in Hyderabad on Wednesday Photo-PTI

A view of the flooded localities after heavy rain in Hyderabad on Wednesday
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State Minister KT Rama Rao, who is monitoring situation from GHMC informed media that they had contacted Army for undertaking rescue and relief works.

“We have contacted Army, NDRF, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) was positioned to take up rescue and relief works,” said the Minister.

With water level in Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of the city reaching full tank level and water being let out through a surplus drain, GHMC alerted people living in areas along this drain. All three parks surrounding the lake have been closed for public.

Heavy rains in the city have already claimed three lives while more rains on Thursday evening added to the woes of the people. Traffic came to a halt on major arterial roads due to overflowing storm water drains and sewerage manholes.

People returning home from offices were caught in traffic jams in almost all parts of Hyderabad and its twin Secunderabad .