Hyderabad: Several people in low lying areas are suffering from sleeplessness and related anxiety issues even as continual thunderstorms and lightning at nights are creating panic across the populace caught up in the flooding.
Those who are living closer to lakes in different parts of the city across Ranga Reddy and Medchal-Malkajgiri districts are the most worried lot, with many people reportedly remaining awake late at night to check the flooding situation outside their homes. People are scared to park their cars on roads, having seen visuals and videos of cars being flooded away by the force of water, which has left them very jittery.
Most people who used to park their vehicles in their apartment complexes are opting for higher areas, where the vehicles can be safer. With lakes overflowing and water continuing to flood areas from various outlets, those living in lower lying areas are very worried as there is continuous flow of water.
S. Sreenivasa, a resident of Malkajgiri, says, “The lakes are full. More rains will cause further flooding. Outlets are open and water is overflowing water bodies. It will cause more floods in low lying areas. Due to his fear factor, residential colonies close to lake beds are alert.”
A survey in flood affected areas by doctors and non-government organizations which have set up camps found that over 40 per cent of people are suffering from fungal infections. This is particularly high amongst those who have removed slush and muck with bare hands. Several people have developed fever and diarrhea due to contamination of drinking water.
Dr Mohammed Shafi, government doctor, who participated in a camp at Falaknuma says, “We conducted a survey covering over 150 homes today. Healthcare workers evaluated people who had symptoms of fever and diarrhea to camps. We are going to take up door-to-door surveys every day and hope to reach out to maximum people in affected areas.”
Bleaching powder is being provided to such homes to help them disinfect their homes. There are 12 ambulances kept ready for people in flood affected areas of Babanagar, Amannagar, Ganganagar, Talabkata, Jubail Colony and other areas where the rains created major havoc. While GHMC has deployed machines to clear vegetation, muck and filth on roads, drains are filled to the brim as sound of running water is loud.
At Tirmulgerry, the road towards Mansarovar Heights has been damaged and there is forceful movement of water. Similarly, at Alwal mini tank, the lake is full and there is fear that if it pours heavily, there will be a breach as all the water will spread into the surrounding Army areas and beyond.
With water finding its own channels, most of the people are caught unawares when they see gushing waters outside their homes. To add to their problems, the saucer-type creations due to improper constructions are allowing water to stagnate.
A GHMC officer in Kapra division says, “there was three feet of water flooding inside homes in Kapra circle that had never faced a problem before. This is a new flooding point, which will require monitoring.”
With open plots filled to the brim and water stagnating on outskirts of the city, there is dirty stench emanating at night. There are frogs, snails, slugs and other creatures which are finding their way inside homes leading to panicky children and women. All these factors are causing lack of sleep to people across the city.