The incessant rains that have been lashing Hyderabad since Thursday are expected to continue for the next 48 hours in Hyderabad, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Temperatures in Hyderabad dipped to 21.9 degrees on Saturday night, five degrees lower than normal.
In a press release, the Met department said that a decrease in air pressure in north-west Bay of Bengal has created cyclonic conditions that could cause heavy rains in Telangana. Heavy rains are predicted for Adilabad, Kumaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagtiyal, Peddapally, Karimnagar, Jaishankar Bhupalpally, Warangal, Mehboobabad and coastal Andhra for the next five days.
“While rain activity is expected to continue for the next 24 hours over Telangana and parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, southern parts of Telangana will witness reduced rain activity,” IMD meteorologist KS Sridhar told Times of India.
This year, the state received less rainfall than expected. Adilabad received the highest rainfall, recording 652mm since June. Meanwhile, Jogulamba-Gadwal recorded the lowest with 167mm. The state government has said that of the 584 mandals in the state, 311 are facing a rainfall deficit.
Hyderabad recorded an average rainfall of 8.8mm up to evening 8:30 pm on Saturday evening, leading to waterlogging in areas such as Gachibowli, Attapur, Panjagutta, Madhapur, Ameerpet, Kukatpally and parts of Secunderabad.
In areas such as Banjara Hills, Hyderguda, old city and Hitec city, water levels were ankle-deep, causing massive traffic snarls. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) deployed several of their Enforcement Vigilance Disaster Management (EVDM) vehicles, placing them at various key locations on standby.
A tree also fell over a car due to the heavy rains and wind in Golconda, injuring one person. In Bhadradri Kothagudem district, an RTC bus driver lost control of the vehicle while trying to navigate the potholes caused due to the rains, and the bus overturned. 10 people are reportedly injured.