Hyderabad: On Sunday, around 9,000 visitors thronged the Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad, but were restricted from entering the children’s corner in the zoo, as the area had a high intensity of tree fall and the tree debris is still being cleared.
Around 80 trees fell in the zoo on Saturday due to the rain.
Another 73 trees fell in different parts of the city due to the rains on Saturday and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has been clearing the debris from roads and interior colonies. A total of 153 trees were completely uprooted in the city.
The uprooting of trees is due to the cementing of footpaths where tree roots do not get the chance to spread deep and get uprooted by strong winds.
According to senior GHMC officials in the disaster management team, trees were uprooted in Malakpet, Gowliguda, Kalapather, Machikaman, Noor Khan Bazaar, Madhapur, Kavadiguda, Tolichowki, Bahadurpura and other areas.
At the Zoo Park, trees which were more than 50 years old like neem, tamarind, babul and cassia were uprooted in the thunderstorm.
The falling trees also damaged power lines. Fortunately there was no harm to the animals as all of them were taken into their night enclosures.
Zoo officials stated that huge branches fell all over the place and it took a day to clear these. Some places like the children’s areas were restricted as labourers were still clearing the debris.
Zoo officials said that the restriction was taken only as a precautionary measure for the safety of visitors....