Hyderabad: Tuesday night’s rains broke a 16-year record as Hyderabad received 16.7 cm of rains. From 10 pm to midnight, the GHMC limits received the highest rainfall ever recorded, leading to the breaching of lakes, flooding at Quthbullapur and surrounding areas.
GHMC executive engineer R. Srinivas Reddy said, "There are two records. Usually rainfall is calculated over 24 hours. If the 24-hour rainfall from Tuesday 8.30 am to Wednesday 8.30 am is taken, then the highest is still the 24 cm rainfall of August 2000. But if we consider the two-hour spell, around 10 cm of rain was recorded at Shapurnagar in Quthbullapur, the highest short spell in city’s history."
It rained on Wednesday, too, but not heavily. Met department said that the upper air circulation had turned into a lower pressure area over Bay of Bengal, which resulted in the rains.
Quthbullapur flooded due to lack of nalas
Tuesday night’s rains broke a 16-year record as Hyderabad received 16.7 cm of rains. IMD-Hyderabad director Y.K. Reddy said, "It was not a cloudburst. There was widespread intensive rain in most parts of Telangana state on Tuesday night including Ranga Reddy, Warangal and Khammam. Outside GHMC limits, Ranga Reddy’s Hakimpet Air Force station recorded more rainfall than Quthbullapur at 17 cm. In Warangal and Khammam districts, too, 15 cm of rain was recorded. Moderate rainfall was reported from Nalgonda, Medak and Mahbubnagar too."
He added that flooding across Quthbullapur and surrounding areas was a local factor due to non-availability of nalas and because these were low-lying areas. "In Bowenapally there was no water logging. So the elevated areas were not inundated," said Mr Reddy. Met officials said that all areas in city had witnessed more than four cm of rain on Tuesday night.