Most regions in a 50-kilometre radius of the city received rains all through the day, causing traffic disruptions and inconveniencing commuters. Heavy rains have been forecast for Friday too
Incessant showers lashed most places in the twin cities on Thursday, throwing normal life out of gear and wreaking havoc in low-lying areas. The showers measured 4.26 cm by 8.30 p.m. on Thursday.
With the Met department forecasting heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts in the next 48 hours, district authorities have alerted the general public, asking them to exercise caution.
Most regions in a 50-kilometre radius of the city received rains all through the day. The showers further intensified in the evening, leading to water stagnation, inundation and complaints of power black-outs in several regions.
Several parts of Old City, including Bahadurpura, Chatrinaka, Dabeerpura and Shahlibanda received extensive showers. However, this did not dampen the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramzan as a large number of worshippers thronged the mosques to offer prayers. Haleem outlets too attracted crowds when rains relented for a while towards dusk.
The GHMC central emergency wing was flooded with calls from different parts of the city. Six vehicles were rushed to spot to attend to the problems. Complaints regarding water stagnation were received from Bathkammakunta, RTC Bus Bhavan, Amberpet, Nampally, Lakdikapul and the Maitrivanam area in Ameerpet.
The entire stretch from Erragadda to Fatehnagar too was water-logged. Sultan Bazar residents had the central emergency wing on standby with apprehensions of a tree-fall near the Arya Samaj temple.
Several parts of the twin cities plunged into darkness because of the incessant rain. A large number of areas reported power cuts due to feeders tripping. These include Humayun Nagar, Addagutta, Jyothi Nagar and Banjara Hills. Power cuts were also reported from several areas in Secunderabad like Marredpally, R. P. Road, Musheerabad, Tarnaka and Begumpet.
“We are expecting widespread showers for another two days because of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal. Intermittent showers, and at times heavy to very heavy showers, are likely to occur in parts of the twin cities,” Assistant Meteorologist, IMD Hyderabad, M. Narsimha Rao said.