Hyderabad: Heavy rains continue to lash city; 3 killed
Three persons, including a four-month-old infant and his father, were killed as torrential rains continued to batter Hyderabad, paralyzing the city and leading to water-logging and traffic-snarls. Life has been thrown out of gear in Telangana's capital due to heavy-downpour since yesterday. All schools and colleges will remain shut today. Hyderabad Police issued special helpline numbers. People can dial 100 or GHMC at 040-21111111.
The incessant rains led to flooding of many low-lying areas and water-logging at different places due to which the traffic came to a standstill on several roads in the city. Calling it as an emergency situation, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao has asked citizens not to step out. Hyderabad Police Commissioner, M Mahendar Reddy, said police force has been instructed to stay alert.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation said that they are working to drain out the rainwater that had accumulated on the roads. Meanwhile, people blamed the government and the civic body that they have not taken adequate measures to prevent flooding of low-lying areas.
Hyderabad's Sheikhpet Mandal Revenue Officer, S Ramulu, said that a four-month-old boy and his 28-year-old father got buried under the debris as a retaining wall collapsed onto their thatched house in Naidu Nagar due to the heavy downpour. In another incident, a 35-year-old man was electrocuted. He went to a hotel in the old city's Hussainialam when it was raining heavily.