Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, October 14
Incessant rains in Telangana have left 13 people dead and several injured from collapsed buildings, flooded homes. At many places, houses are submerged and vehicles seen floating like boats.
People have been making distress call from roof tops of submerged homes with and disease facing the city of Nawabs.
Nine deaths were reported from Hyderabad city after a boulder crashed on two houses resulting in the deaths, which included a two-month-old. Many have sustained injuries in various incidents. A video of a man being swept away in heavy current of water has gone viral.
Two persons drowned and two others went missing in the Gaganpahad area in Shamshabad on the outskirts. Two more persons were feared killed in Abdullahpur, also on the outskirts.
People in flooded areas spent a sleepless night, while there is an overall mood of distress after India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted more rains, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Lokesh Kumar has appealed to people to stay indoors.
The state is considering calling army to the aid of civil administration. Disaster Response Force (DRF) with the help of fire services personnel and police were attending to distress calls from people stranded in flood water.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has asked the government to get motorised boats from army and Tourism Department for evacuating hundreds of people stranded on rooftops and first floor of houses in Ali Nagar, Hashamabas, Ghazi Millat colonies in Hyderabad.
The government has declared two days holiday across the state. A statement of the government said, “In view of the unprecedented rains for the last 12 hours, as per the directions of the Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, the Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar reviewed the flood situation today and declared public holidays in GHMC area to all Government offices, including all private institutions today and tomorrow i.e., on 14th and 15th October, 2020.”
The Chief Secretary also advised GHMC and District Collectors to arrange relief camps and to shift the people of low lying and inundated areas. He also advised the people not to come out unless there is a serious necessity.
Hyderabad has been lashed by rains since Tuesday evening affecting vehicular traffic in the city and on national highways to Vijayawada and Bengaluru.
Overflowing lakes and open nalas flooded roads and colonies. The rain is being termed as the highest rainfall in over a century. Several parts of the city remained without power for more than 12 hours.