Sudden downpour brings relief

Rain havoc: Car damaged after a giant hoarding fell on it on the Nampally-Chapel road on Tuesday. —

Rain havoc: Car damaged after a giant hoarding fell on it on the Nampally-Chapel road on Tuesday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Staff Reporter

Hoarding falls on car and autorickshaw injuring a woman passenger

Traffic signals fail at Khairatabad junction and other important areas

Power supply disrupted in several residential localities for over two hours

Hyderabad: A 30-minute shower late on Tuesday evening in several parts of the twin cities brought much-needed relief to the denizens who had been reeling under the sweltering heat for the past few days.

People returning late from offices were caught in the sudden burst of rain. Motorists plying on the Tarnaka-Secunderabad, Tarnaka-Mettuguda routes were caught in traffic jams as vehicles moved at snail’s pace.

An advertisement hoarding atop of a private building on the Chapel Road near Public Gardens fell due to strong winds resulting in minor injuries to a woman travelling in an autorickshaw.

The autorickshaw and an Innova car on which the hoarding fell were damaged, said Abids Sub-Inspector K. Srinivasulu.

Trees uprooted

The havoc created by the heavy gales and downpour was there to witness on the Necklace Road where trees were uprooted and the central lighting tilted to one side. The uprooted branches lay scattered on the road causing traffic snarl. The entire stretch from Telugu Talli Statue to Necklace Road rotary (Indira Gandhi Statue) had uprooted branches. Water logging only added to the woes of the motorists.

Power cuts compounded the problem with traffic signals at the Khairatabad junction and other important areas not functioning. This led to vehicles coming to a grinding halt at Khairatabad signals giving a tough time to the traffic personnel.

Power supply was disrupted in several residential localities like Sainikpuri, Defence Colony, Hastinapuri, East and West Marredpally and Falaknuma and other areas in the Old City for over two hours.

Tree branches collapsed at Darulshifa, Faluknuma post office affecting traffic flow in the areas. Sheets of water covered thoroughfares at Yakutpura, Shamshergunj, Syed Ali Chabutara, Khilwat and Gulzar Houz.

Rainfall recorded

The city recorded 4.0 mm rainfall on Tuesday and Met Department officials forecast that the weather on Wednesday would be partly cloudy with possibilities of rain and thunder showers. The last spells of rains in the city were recorded a fortnight ago.

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