Heavy rains that lashed Hyderabad on Tuesday and Wednesday brought parts of the city to a standstill and inundated several arterial roads used by citizens for their daily commute. Areas in the IT corridor were perhaps worst hit, as some areas witnessed ankle-length to even knee-length water logging. Commuters who were on their way home bore the brunt of this.
All this, even though the Hyderabad Traffic Police and officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) were seen busy at work, trying to clear the streets of water and traffic.
Balanagar and Serilingampally recorded the highest rainfall of 3 cm in the city followed by Rajendranagar at 1.8 cm on Wednesday morning, according to officials. It began raining in several parts of the city like Hitec City, Gachibowli, Khairatabad, Miyapur, Jeedimetla, Kompally, Qutbullapur and other areas since Tuesday evening.
The long traffic snarls and waterlogging understandably irritated many, who took to social media to express their displeasure.
Current situation for people heading towards DLF.â€” Kartik Dayanand (@KartikDayanand) October 17, 2018
1: Gachibowli Junction
27: Radisson Road
Please take the IIIT road if you wish to retain your sanity. #HyderabadRains #HyderabadTraffic pic.twitter.com/dyKkAX5f2E
Jubilee Hills in Madhapur, #Hyderabad completely clogged on Tuesday morning as a result of yesterday's heavy downpour. Commuters struggle to begin their day. #HyderabadRainsâ€” The Weather Channel India (@weatherindia) October 17, 2018
@GHMCOnline @KTRTRS @MinIT_Telangana it sounds funny every time I hear the word POTHOLES from the Hyderabadis, those are not POTHOLES but MINI-LAKES. Dear Telangana Govt, please make swimming is mandatory for Hyderabad residents, along with Aadhar Cards #HyderabadRainsâ€” #ATeam Ahmed (@iamahmed007) October 17, 2018
Hardly 10 mins since the rain started and the flow is extremely strong! Storm water drains clearly not sufficient or planned well enough. Maybe some unique measure to collect and tap storm water at each locality? @GHMCOnline @TSMAUDOnline @KTRTRS #ghmc #HyderabadRains pic.twitter.com/berfkKBGRcâ€” Aditya Lanka (@adityalanka) October 17, 2018
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warned that thunderstorms will continue at isolated parts of south and central Telangana regions because of wind flow through Kerala due to â€˜moisture feedingâ€™ from the Arabian Sea.
In its weather warning, the IMD said that thunderstorms are likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Hyderabad, Vikarabad, Ranga Reddy, Warangal, Nalgonda, Khammam and other places. IMD officials said that this trend would continue for the next two days.
Meanwhile, the GHMC formed emergency teams to carry out tasks pertaining to draining of stagnant water from the roads and clearing of fallen trees.
It has also asked officials and its Disaster Response Force to be alert and vigilant and avoid any untoward incidents.