Telangana rain leaves 34 dead; CM calls review meet
Hyderabad, Oct 15: As many as 34 people reportedly died in Telangana on Wednesday as a deep depression passed over the state, causing incessant rainfall and widespread destruction.
According to the weather department, the state received 144 per cent excess rainfall than normal in the last two weeks with capital Hyderabad recording 404 per cent excess rainfall than normal, the highest in the state.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will hold an emergency high-level review meeting at 3 PM on Thursday on heavy rains and prevailing flood situation in the state.
Heavy rain was reported also in Andhra Pradesh, north Karnataka and south Odisha.
Telangana's capital city Hyderabad bore the brunt of the heavy downpour with many streets, especially in the Old City, turning into virtual rivers.
As the situation turned critical, the Army was called in to help in rescue and relief operations.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured all possible help to the states.
For October, the Begumpet met office observatory in Hyderabad recorded the highest ever rainfall of 192.1 mm on Wednesday.
In one incident, a person in Barkas area of Old City in Hyderabad was caught on camera getting washed away in rain water at high speed on the city road. The video went viral and was later rescued by police with the help of locals.
The deep depression on Wednesday started moving towards Maharashtra with the the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting heavy to very heavy rains in parts of the western state for today. It has also issued a red alert for the entire North Konkan area, including Mumbai and Thane.