Rain claims 8 lives in Hyderabad; Hussain Sagar lake threatens to flood city

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Hyderabad rain (1)Hyderabad, the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, has been receiving torrential rain for the past two days. As many as eight lives have been lost so far by September 23.

Both states are receiving heavy rain due to a low-pressure area formed over Bay of Bengal. According to the meteorological department, rains are expected to continue for two more days.

While this was so, the traffic police has asked commuters to postpone their travel plans as maximum roads of Hyderabad are flooded or damaged affecting traffic regulation.

The met department, as per media reports, has said heavy rain is likely to hit Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda, Khammam, Mehboobnagar, Medak, Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad districts on September 23. While rain was to affect Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Nalgonda, Khammam, Mehboobnagar, Medak and Hyderabad the next day.

Begum Bazar, one of the biggest commercial markets in Hyderabad, was totally flooded. The army’s help was sought to do relief work in Alwal, Nizampet and Begumpet where water from open drains had flooded residential areas. While this was so, water had to be let out from Hussain Sagar lake, which is full to the brim. Around 500 families were evacuated after a toxic foam entered the houses near the lake.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who is presently in New Delhi, has ordered shut down of all educational institutions under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits, while IT firms were asked to give work-from-home option to its employees. He directed the state administration to seek help of the army and the National Disaster Response Force, if required.

People from Hyderabad had a field day ranting about-about how roads have literally turned into rivers on he networking site Twitter.