Hyderabad Heavy Rainfall: Torrential rain continues to batter Hyderabad, resulting in significant waterlogging and traffic disruptions in several parts of the city. Consequently, the district administration took a swift decision to shut down all educational institutions on Monday to ensure the safety of students.
Hyderabad’s District Collector, Anudeep Durishetty, took to X (previously known as Twitter) to caution the residents about the severity of the rainfall. He advised them to remain indoors and prioritize their safety.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has heightened concerns by sounding a yellow alert for Hyderabad on Tuesday. Simultaneously, the Hyderabad Met Department has predicted that most regions in Telangana will experience light to moderate rainfall and thunderstorms. Moreover, specific districts in the state have been put under an orange alert due to the impending heavy downpour.
The orange alert encompasses districts like Mancherial, Jagityal, Rajanna Sirsilla, Karimnagar, Peddapally, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Mahabubnagar, Nagarkurnool, and Wanaparthi.
As a safety measure, the commissioner of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has urged the public to venture out only if absolutely essential. The city’s municipal corporation has deployed over 3,000 personnel to manage and clear waterlogged areas across Hyderabad. They have also provided helpline numbers – 040-21111111 or 9000113667 – for residents who may require assistance.
In their advisory, the civic body has said, “Considering the heavy rains, residents are advised to stay indoors unless there is an urgent necessity. Our team, which includes more than 3,000 members, is actively working on the field to mitigate waterlogging issues across the city. For any emergency assistance, residents can contact the GHMC-DRF.”
It’s not just Telangana that’s grappling with the monsoon fury. The IMD has forecasted that states like Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, as well as Kerala and Mahe, are set to witness intense rainfall from September 4 to 8.
This sudden deluge underscores the challenges that cities face in terms of infrastructure and disaster preparedness. As climatic conditions become increasingly unpredictable, a proactive and strategic approach towards urban planning and disaster management becomes crucial.