Heavy rains and flash floods since Tuesday, Aug 5 caused widespread devastation in Hyderabad and eight other districts in coastal Andhra and the Telangana region. Around 40 people have died since Friday, Aug 8 and hundreds have been rendered homeless. Thirteen people had died between Tuesday and Friday.
More than 50 residential colonies in Hyderabad and dozens of villages in the eight districts remain under water as several rivulets and water tanks were either overflowing or have breached. Normal life was seriously affected in various districts. With some roads under water, vehicular traffic between major towns remained paralysed. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada and the Bhadrachalam-Vijayawada roads.
The Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning centre said that heavy rains were likely in north coastal Andhra and Telangana. The low pressure area over Bay of Bengal turned into a well marked depression and lay centred close to the Orissa coast. Some places are likely to receive more than 25 cm of rainfall. During the last two days, places like Hyderabad received over 15 cm rainfall.
Government have cautioned people living in low-lying areas to move to safer places while fishermen were advised not to venture out to the sea. The floods have damaged several houses and crops over thousands of acres. Minister for Revenue and Relief Dharmana Prasad Rao said that assessing the loses incurred would take time as the rains were still continuing.
Hyderabad bore the brunt of the calamity with 14 people losing their lives, mostly in house collapses. As many as 52 residential areas in and around the state capital were inundated with overflowing tanks and storm water drains. Boats were out in Hyderabad on Saturday, Aug 9 to rescue people from marooned areas.
Although the rains receded since Saturday night, hundreds of houses remained under water. The water level in the Hussain Sagar in the heart of the city rose alarmingly due to heavy inflows.
The level in this 400-year-old old lake, which has a capacity of up to 515 feet, has crossed 513 feet. The chief minister cancelled off his scheduled visit to Krishna district to review the situation with top officials.
More than 30 villages in Warangal and Krishna districts were cut off due to heavy rain and floods. Roads were washed away by floodwaters in some districts, bringing transport to a halt.