Heavy rain through Wednesday night and Thursday morning brought life in Hyderabad to a grinding halt. Several areas in the city witnessed water logging, even as massive traffic jams were seen in the city's Cyberabad area, near Cyber Towers and Hitec city.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a two-day warning and said that heavy rains were very likely in isolated places across the state including Hyderabad. The IMD said that the rainfall is expected to continue for another day or two as a low pressure area is very likely to form over north Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours.
Traffic at Cyber Towers on Thursday morning
Areas in Patancheru and Ramachandrapuram witnessed some of the heaviest rainfall with Pashamylaram seeing 3.25 cm of rainfall as of 8 am on Thursday.
This was followed by Malkajgiri, which saw 2.73 cm. Areas like Moula Ali and West Marredpally witnessed 2.35 cm and 2.25 cm of rain respectively. Madhapur, which is frequented by thousands of techies everyday, witnessed 2.6 cm of rain.
Heavy rains also lashed areas like Musheerabad, LB Nagar, Nampally, Tirumalagiri, Narayanguda, Monda market and Kapra among others.
Strong winds also reportedly knocked down a huge tree at Petla Burj in Hyderabad’s old city area.
The Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) received several complaints of power cuts on Wednesday night, following which they stepped into action and began working on restoring power.
Meanwhile, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has kept teams ready to tackle waterlogging, inundation and other problems that low-lying areas could face.
Water stagnation opposite the Botanical Gardens in Kothaguda
The Hyderabad Traffic Police has identified many areas within the city that are prone to major traffic every monsoon. These are roads and junctions that are major way points to get across the city. Some of the identified roads include areas such as Begumpet, Panjagutta, Abids, Basheerbagh in front of the DGP office, Lakdikapool, Nalgonda cross roads, MGM market, Secunderabad and Taranaka among others.
"The GHMC has worked on many areas, but after they worked, the monsoon did not come. Now that the monsoon has finally arrived, we have to see what work they have done. We have been providing a list for over a decade," Anil Kumar, Additional Commissioner, (Traffic) Hyderabad City Police told TNM.
"Traffic congestion occurs during monsoon as the motorable roads become narrow and people fear to wade into the waterlogged roads and this results in traffic in other areas. Traffic that comes in 4 lanes becomes a single lane," he added.
Many residents also took to social media to vent their ire.
Begumpet is choked #HyderabadRains— Sunitha Simon (@sunitha_simon) July 12, 2018
It’s a nightmare to reach Office on a rainy day like today. #HyderabadRains— Sunitha Simon (@sunitha_simon) July 12, 2018
#HyderabadRains heavy traffic near diamond point. Kindly avoid if possible.— Krishnakanth Pothuri (@krishnakanth_11) July 12, 2018
Wonderful roads by @GHMCOnline @CommissionrGHMC.Good job !— S P (@freedom_mantra) July 12, 2018
Sleep through summer, blame the rains in monsoon for repair. @KTRTRS @zcwz_ghmc@Hihyderabad I mean,who knew it would rain in July in Hyderabad.
P.S: Few hundreds of tax payers' vehicles move on these roads everyday. So? pic.twitter.com/xYpnsgIOnq