Hyderabad: Hyderabad recorded the third highest rainfall in one day in the month of September on Tuesday night, registering 7.5 cm of rainfall. The city’s highest was 15.32 cm on September 27, 1908. The second highest was 9 cm in September 2017.
According to IMD data, the maximum rainfall received was 13.2 cm at Trimulgherry in Secunderabad cantonment area, a record set in the month of September in the past 111 years.
IMD Hyderabad director YK Reddy told Mirror that parts of the city received rainfall between 7.5 cm to 13.2 cm and the district average was 7.5 cm. He said it is an unusual phenomenon as the rainfall recorded in this month is less compared to July and August in normal rainfall years. This year, heavy rains lashed the region towards the end of the southwest monsoon. Southwest monsoon ends by the end of this month, usually by September 28.
As per official records, the highest rainfall recorded in Hyderabad in a span of 24 hours was 24 cm on August 25, 2000. The earlier highest figure was 35.51 mm in October, 1916.
The downpour for five hours till Tuesday – Wednesday midnight played havoc with life in the city. Many people experienced a seepless night as water entered their houses. A total of 42 areas in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad reported floods.
Rainwater entered Nacharam police station. Several poultry farms on the city outskirts were badly damaged. However, the city administration, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), and the police coordinated very well and minimised traffic problems. Quick response teams of the GHMC rescued a 49-year-old man who fell in a nala (drainage).
Water entered the emergency ward of Lalaguda Railway Hospital. Yet, doctors and staff bravely continued to attend to their patients.
Although there were huge traffic jams during the rain, the issue of waterlogging was solved on a very quick note, paving the way for smooth movement of vehicles at important junctions. By morning, there was near normalcy in the streets. Notably, there were no power cuts during and after the rains.
The preparedness of the GHCM was so meticulous that the disaster response teams with their vehicles were positioned at vulnerable places, soon after the forecast about rains was received.
Municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao appreciated the efforts of the staff to minimise the inconvenience caused to people on account of rains.
Hussain Sagar lake, which connects Hyderabad and Secunderabad, was brimming with huge inflows of flood waters from the catchment area.
Several parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been receiving rains for the last two days and the IMD predicted that rains would continue till Thursday. Heavy rains are likely to occur at isolated places in Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Warangal, Mulugu, Mahbubnagar, Bhadadri Kothagudem, Khammam, Suryapet, Nalgonda, Nagarkurnool, Jogulamba Gadwal, Wanaparthy and Narayanpet districts of Telangana.