A downpour floods Hyderabad; more rain expected across the state

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Highest rainfall of 9.2 centimeters recorded in Nampally region, all in less than an hour

Highest rainfall of 9.2 centimeters recorded in Nampally region, all in less than an hour

An unexpected downpour towards Monday evening pounded and virtually submerged the city, leading to heavy flooding and traffic jams everywhere.

From around 5-5.30pm, after an extremely wet day, the rain enveloped the city in a thick curtain of water, affecting the visibility of commuters caught off guard on various stretches.

The highest rainfall of 9.2 centimeters was recorded in the Nampally region, all in less than an hour. The roads turned into streams in Nampally, Red Hills, Mehdipatnam, AC Guards, Khairatabad, Raj Bhavan and Punjagutta, in addition to other localities.

The flood was rapid and violent. Children and young people were seen swimming in the road in areas such as Mallepally where water was entering shops and homes.

Heavy water consumption was reported in Amberpet, Kacheguda, Punjagutta, Ameerpet, Attapur, Jubilee Hills, and commuters were seen wading through knee-deep water risking open manholes and pits.

Hyderabad Traffic Police have posted notices on social media alerting commuters to heavy traffic jams across the city, except Secunderabad, due to heavy rains and waterlogging. Commuters were asked to delay or reschedule their journey for the next two hours, until 8:30-9:00 p.m.

Rachakonda Police have called on people not to cross causeways, culverts, underpasses and small bridges on foot or by any vehicle while the flood waters are flowing.

Cricket fans, however, rejoiced that it hadn’t rained the day before, playing spoilsport with the India v Australia cricket match at Uppal Stadium.

According to available data from automatic weather stations in the city, the second highest rainfall was recorded in Gunfoundry at 8.6 centimeters, followed by Mehdipatnam at 8.4 cm, Khairatabad at 7.6 cm, Saroornagar at 7.2 cm and Attapur at 6.4.

Himayatnagar, Asifnagar and Amberpet recorded over six centimeters of rain while Rajendranagar, Bahadurpura, Secunderabad, Uppal, Shaikpet and LB Nagar recorded over four centimeters.

The Meteorology Department predicted light to moderate rain across the state for the next three days, and an extreme likelihood of thunderstorms accompanied by lightning at isolated locations in a few districts.

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