Young woman feared washed away in a nala
HYDERABAD: A 30-minute downpour on Tuesday evening played havoc in Musheerabad and surrounding localities inundating low-lying areas while a woman was feared washed away in a ‘nala’ at local Gangaputra colony.
Several lanes, by-lanes and houses in the low-lying Vinobhanagar were inundated by the rain water. Traffic movement in these localities was disrupted for hours and could not be restored till the rain water receded.
Initially, the Musheerabad police received information that a 13-year-old girl got washed away in the ‘nala’. However, late in the night they received a complaint from a GHMC sweeper Saramma stating that her daughter-in-law Malini, 23, who stepped out minutes before the rain started at 4 p.m., did not return home.
Based on her complaint, a case of missing woman was registered. Locals told the police that stepping onto the stone slabs on the ‘nala’ to protect herself from rain water overflowing on the street proved fatal for the woman.
Carrying an umbrella, the woman entered a lane in the colony. Apparently worried about slipping in the swirling knee-deep water on the road, she stepped onto the ‘nala’ for safety.
She slipped into the ‘nala’ as the ‘shabaad’ stones covering it broke and got washed away even as an onlooker raised an alarm.
The shocking incident occurred soon after the downpour resulted in ‘flash flood situation’ in the area, throwing traffic haywire. However, during the first few hours of search operations, the police believed the person who slipped in the nala was a teenager as stated by eye-witness Nagender.
“I was watching from the balcony when she slipped into the nala while walking on its slab,” he told the police. Workers of GHMC, local firemen and residents of the area searched all along the nala for the missing woman. The municipal workers opened covers of every man-hole along the nala and searched at the turnings to see if she got stuck anywhere.
The searches were on when reports last came in.