Hyderabad: Heavy rains in Hyderabad since last two days have thrown normal life out of gear as water entered low lying areas creating huge traffic blocks at important locations and junctions, forcing people to vacate their houses.
According to a release from Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s office, he has instructed officials to use services of Army and Disaster management teams to control the situation.
Floods in several areas of Hyderabad caused huge monetary loss for damaged civil infrastructure like roads, and financial losses to car and bike owners and also property loss, mostly due to burning of electric metres in cellars.
Flat owners in apartment complexes are spending huge amounts to pump out water from their cellars and also to remove the silt.
Three more sinkholes opened up on Thursday, taking the total to five after just two days of rain.
Nearly 3,000 people have been displaced in the city and shifted to rehabilitation centres established in government schools, anganwadi centers and other government buildings.
Over 2,500 passengers of the Secunderabad-bound Palnadu and Falaknuma Express trains were evacuated mid-way at Bellamkonda in Andhra Pradesh, even as thousands of other passengers were stranded at different railway stations after rains cut off railway links between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on the Guntur-Macherla section.
The railways cancelled 41 trains for Thursday and Friday and more are in the offing. Flash floods breached railway tracks at seven locations on the Nadikudi-Guntur section of Guntur division.
The GHMC has asked the Army for help in relief operations in the city. The GHMC has asked Army officials to inspect Begumpet, Nizampet, Alwal and Hakimpet areas, especially low-lying colonies.