Heavy Rains Batter TS, IMD Issues Orange Alert

HYDERABAD: Rains that started on Monday continued to pour down incessantly across the state till Tuesday, marking the first full-fledged monsoon spell of the season. The continuous rains will be the norm for the next five days, officials of the India Meteorological Department said.

As of Tuesday, heavy rainfall was recorded in the districts of Hanamkonda, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Rajanna Sircilla, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Nirmal, Kamareddy, Medak and nearby areas.

The highest rainfall was recorded in Nizamabad, at 52 mm, followed by Nirmal, at 49.5 mm, and Kamareddy, at 49.3 mm, according to the Telangana State Development and Planning Society report.

In city limits, Golconda logged the highest rainfall of 17.5 mm, followed by Rajendranagar, at 16.8 mm and Serilingampally, at 16.5 mm.

The continuous rains, however, disrupted the daily life of Hyderabad, with waterlogging, power cuts and traffic snarls making life difficult for residents.

Waterlogging was especially acute on roads near JNTU, Tolichowki, Shaikpet, Nanal Nagar, Masab Tank, Asif Nagar, Gudimalkapur, Rajendranagar, Khajaguda, Gachibowli, Pragathi Nagar and Khairatabad.

Long snarls, meanwhile, were observed at major junctions, as well as arterial roads, in Raidurgam, Hitec City, Kondapur, Narsingi, Khajaguda, Mehdipatnam, Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, Secunderabad, Maredpally, Alwal, Tarnaka, Musheerabad and Nampally.

Rains also caused a breakdown in power infrastructure, with long outages reported in Bandlaguda, Kismatpur, Suncity, Miyapur, Madhav Rao Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Rama Raju Nagar, Adhikar Nagar, Ram Nagar, Malakpet and Alwal, among other areas.

TSSPDCL officials said that the power supply was interrupted due to feeder breakdowns and the repair work took longer due to the incessant showers.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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