The residents of Hyderabad witnessed a familiar sight yet again on Sunday as heavy rains in the evening resulted in water entering their homes, and completely inundating a few low-lying colonies.
The rains which continued in the night, saw the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) struggle to push out water from the roads, as traffic came to a standstill.
The Times of India reported that a total of 276 grievances of overflowing manholes and waterlogged streets were reported till after the heavy downpour, and pools of water were seen at Madhapur, Banjara Hills, Punjagutta, Khairatabad, Jubilee Hills, and areas like Uppal and Ramanthapur.
A wall of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) office had also collapsed on Sunday afternoon at Chandrayangutta, but no injuries were reported.
Areas of Old City, including Mir Alam, Bahadurpura and Kishan Bagh where the Nehru Zoological Park is located, witnessed heavy rain.
The Mir Alam tank, abutting the zoo, overflowed into the safari enclosure and left the entire area waterlogged.
“We have closed the safari enclosure to ensure that none of our animals are affected due to inundated water. The steady rainfall is leading to frequent water stagnation and Mir Alam tank, which is old, has already developed cracks,” a zoo official was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy visited the zoo and the abutting Mir Alam Tank, to monitor the situation.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that Mir Alam recorded 101.3 mm of rainfall on Saturday night, while on Sunday, Bahadurpura recorded 65 mm, Viratnagar near DMRL recorded 64 mm and other localities recorded below 50 mm.
More in store
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) the showers would continue for another 48 hours, and even issued a 24-hour warning.
"Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning , gusty winds very likely to occur at isolated places in all the districts of Telangana," the warning reads.
The IMD also predicted that the city and the state would continue witnessing more rain through the week.
The weather agency said that the rain could be attributed to a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal adjoining coastal Bangladesh and coastal West Bengal.
The IMD added that an upper air cyclonic circulation over Odisha and a trough from upper air cyclonic circulation over north Karnataka extends across Telangana and south Chhattisgarh, which is resulting in the rainfall.