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Water enters houses in the middle of the night

Desperate steps:A man breaks the boundary wall of his house to let the water out at Sangareddy in Medak district on Wednesday. —PHOTO: MOHD ARIF
Desperate steps:A man breaks the boundary wall of his house to let the water out at Sangareddy in Medak district on Wednesday. —PHOTO: MOHD ARIF

The heavy rain in the district headquarters late Tuesday night that continues till early hours of Wednesday made life miserable for about 200 families residing at Maqdum Nagar and Riksha Colony forcing who lost their belongings. Vessels and food materials such as rice and pulses were washed away and they stood as mute spectators.

Water seepage in some houses caused worry for the residents in the two colonies. During the night water entered the houses till the level of 3 feet forcing the sleeping people to wake up and throw the water out. However, their efforts were rendered futile as the flow continued unabated with rain pouring till 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The officials attributed the flash flood situation in these colonies to encroachments by the residents where the nala was forced to change its shape, literally. This was confirmed by a resident of Muqdum Nagar colony. “The rain created havoc in the lives of many poor people residing in these areas as lost food items stored for the next one month or so. Here, the people competed with each other in occupying the nala by throwing mud and other materials into it there leaving little space to let the water flow,” said Ali Azam, a resident of the colony. It was estimated that more than 100 families were affected with the heavy rain that was recorded as 12 cm.

Government Whip T. Jayaparkash Reddy and Joint Collector A. Sarath visited the areas and promised immediate assistance for the rain-hit people. It was reported that some houses were also damaged. Lunch and dinner for about 400 persons were arranged at Royal function hall for all the effected and the officials are trying to force them out from the location if the rain continued in the night as well.


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