Many commuters who were heading home from the city's IT sector were caught unawares by the sudden downpour.

As rains lash Hyderabad commuters face waterlogging and massive traffic jamsImage: GHMC
news Weather Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 08:58

Heavy rains lashed Hyderabad on Tuesday evening, resulting in major waterlogging and several roads getting flooded, which in turn, led to massive traffic jams across the city. 

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Asifnagar received the highest rainfall of 68 mm as 8 pm, followed by Charminar at 66.8 mm and Serlingampally at 63.3 mm. 

Many commuters who were heading home from the city's IT sector were caught unawares by the sudden downpour and faced a long traffic jams. 

The Hyderabad Traffic Police, which deployed its officers to help commuters posted images, which showed massive waterlogging at Hashamabad in Chandrayangutta and outside the CM's Camp Office.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) said that it had dispatched teams of its Disaster Response Force, even as a control room was set up to monitor ongoing relief work.

GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore said that the public could lodge complaints at 040-21111111 or call 155313 in case of any complaints of open or broken manhole covers. 

Dana Kishore also alerted all officials of the GHMC to monitor the work that was taken up under their jurisdiction, to ensure that normalcy is restored as soon as possible. 

Officials of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) were also seen busy at work during the downpour.

The IMD has predicted that light to moderate rain or thunder showers were very likely to occur at isolated places

Meanwhile, many took to social media sites like Twitter and vented out their frustration. 

More than a decade ago, the Kirloskar committee was formed to study why the city witnesses a catastrophe every time it rains heavily. 

One of the main reasons it stated, was that existing storm water drains were constructed during the Nizam era for a population of five lakh while the GHMC oversaw a population of almost 80 lakh, spread out over 625sq km, compared to 54 sqkm during the Nizam's rule.

 

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