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Incessant drizzle affects normal life

HYDERABAD, JULY 12. The incessant drizzle in the twin cities during the last two days might have cheered HUDA authorities who undertook a massive tree plantation drive, but for the common man, it was yet another irritating factor. The unceasing showers brought out the ugly face of Hyderabad what with every drain overflowing and water getting logged on roads.

The new-found pride of Hyderabadis over the frequent recarpeting of roads being taken up by authorities to ensure smooth rides, at least on the arterial routes vanished, as roads could not withstand the drizzle, if not rains. The sudden formation of potholes filled with rainwater caught many a motorist off-guard as they tried to zip their way through.

City bus commuters were the most harassed lot as the small bus shelters provide no shelter from the continuing drizzle. The speeding vehicles driving the water puddles splashing water on those passing by added to the woes of commuters. One could hear choicest Hyderabadi epithets being used liberally from the pedestrians and motorcyclists, as four-wheelers drove through the puddles splashing water on them.

The rain gods seemed to be playing with the Hyderabadis. The drizzle would stop for a while. Those waiting at bus shelters or underneath the trees spill onto the roads and then there would be another spell of rain forcing the people to scurry for cover again. The autorickshaw drivers apparently were out to make an extra buck by demanding additional fares. Those arriving at railway stations and bus stations during late nights had no other option but to pay up.

The drizzle led to collapse of a tree near Yadagiri theatre in Santoshnagar on Wednesday disrupting vehicular traffic. None was injured. The MCH emergency squad received scores of complaints of waterlogging in low-lying areas. The distress calls were mainly received from Ameerpet, Goshamarket, Khairatabad, Gandhi Bhavan locality, Liberty, Basheerbagh and other localities. According to the Met officials, the city received a rainfall of five mm between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.