At least seven persons including four children were killed today in two separate rain-related incidents following heavy downpour in the city since morning which has caused water-logging in many areas and brought traffic to a standstill in most parts of the city. Four members of a family including two kids and their parents died after a wall collapsed on their hut at Ramanthapur area, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Malkajgiri Zone) E Ramachandra Reddy told PTI, adding the victims were sleeping when the incident occurred.
In another incident, three members of a family including a woman and her two daughters died when the roof of their house collapsed in Bholakpur area, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Zone) VB Kamalhasan Reddy said. Another building collapsed at Lal Darwaja in Old City, but no one was injured.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy instructed officials that people staying in old and dilapidated buildings be evacuated immediately to save lives. Due to heavy rains water-logging was reported at several places and GHMC teams were clearing stagnated points at Nampally, Secunderabad station, Khairatabad and other areas.
Following heavy rains, massive traffic congestions were reported between L B Nagar to Malakpet, Moosarambagh, Yakutpura, Uppal, Tarnaka, various localities under Secunderabad, Secretariat, Mehdipatnam, Lakadi-ka-Pul, Punjagutta among other areas.
Office goers had a tough time commuting to work with several roads overflowing while many residential areas in low-lying areas also got inundated due to heavy rains.
Due to heavy rains and water-logging at Hyderabad and Secunderabad area, 10 MMTS (local) trains between Hyderabad-Lingampalli were cancelled and 3 MMTS services between Hyderabad-Lingampalli were partially cancelled.
However, on restoration of normalcy four MMTS special trains were run between Hyderabad-Lingampalli to clear the stranded passengers, South Central Railway officials said. Amberpet received maximum rainfall of 118 mm in the city. Telangana Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma was monitoring the situation.