The thunderstorm uprooted 19 electric poles, resulting in power outages at several places in the city for many hours.

Heavy rains and strong winds lash Hyd Two die 162 trees uprooted
news Thunderstorm Friday, May 18, 2018 - 08:23

Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds that lashed Hyderabad left two people dead on Thursday.   

The thunderstorm brought the city to a standstill as many areas of Hyderabad lost power. The Azalgunj police said that one man lost his life in the area after he came in contact with a live wire and got electrocuted.

Another man was reported to have been washed away in a drain in Kala Pathar, in the old city area.

In another major incident, a 100-year-old tree came crashing down at the Shama Cafe at Moghalpura, leaving a few people injured.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), in a press release, said that 162 trees were uprooted across the city, with water stagnation at 38 places.

It also said that 19 electric poles had collapsed which resulted in 75 complaints of power outages. Two houses also reportedly collapsed under the brunt of the wind and the rain.

Many areas in old city were faced with power outages, with officials failing to restore power even hours after the storm subsided.

Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan along with senior officials, was personally monitoring the emergency situation via CCTV cameras from the Command Control Room, situated at the 7th floor in the GHMC's head office.

GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy visited Red Hills, Vijay Nagar colony and other areas where trees had fallen due to heavy rains and personally monitored the situation.

Emergency tams were deployed to remove the fallen trees in areas where they were obstructing the traffic.

All officials have been put on alert to prepare for any untoward incidents. 

The GHMC Commissioner also inspected some areas where water logging was taking place and assured citizens that officials were working on draining the water.

The rains and thunderstorm led to massive traffic snarls in places such as Secunderabad, Begumpet, Khairatabad, Hitech city and Punjagutta.

Several motorists were caught unaware and had to run for cover and take shelter.

Nampally and Amberpet recorded the highest rainfall at 4 cm, followed by Kapra, Jubilee Hills, Malkajgiri, Himayatnagar, Musheerabad, Khairatabad, Asif Nagar and Saidabad at 3 cm.

Also Read: Heavy rains lash Hyderabad, massive traffic jams at various locations



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