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Heavy Downpours Flood Low-lying Areas in Hyderabad, Throw Vehicular Traffic Out of Gear

Two bridges across Musi river in Hyderabad were closed for traffic on Wednesday as flood water was overflowing them.

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HYDERABAD — Heavy rain continued lashing several parts of Hyderabad this week, inundating low-lying areas and throwing vehicular traffic out of gear.

There are reports that light motor vehicles were washed away. A two-wheeler was washed away in the Mallepally area and water entered houses in the Nampally area in the city’s heart. Streets in several areas turned into lakes, and cellars in many apartment buildings were flooded, damaging vehicles, according to media reports.

Residential areas on the outskirts, especially those adjacent to lakes, continue to suffer because of severe water stagnation caused by the second heavy spell on Monday night that occurred in the last three days.

PTI photo showing fury of floods in Hyderabad.

People in low-lying areas spent sleepless nights. Residents in Saroornagar, Kodandaram Nagar and some other colonies faced severe hardships due to overflowing drains and lakes.

Disaster Response Force (DRF) teams of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) were working to drain water from inundated areas.

GHMC officials said heavy rainfall of over 9 cm was recorded in some parts of the city.

Water was overflowing the Moosarambagh causeway across the Musi river. Vehicular traffic also came to a halt under the Malakpet bridge.

Floods in Hyderabad. – PTI

Two bridges across Musi river in Hyderabad were closed for traffic on Wednesday as flood water was overflowing them.

With the Musi in spate due to heavy inflows from upstream and discharge of flood water from twin reservoirs on the outskirts, traffic police closed Moosarambagh causeway and Chaderghat old bridge.

Traffic police erected barricades on both sides of the bridges, leading to huge traffic jam in Chaderghat, Malakpet, Moosarambagh and adjoining areas.

The traffic between Amberpet and Malakpet came to a halt while the movement of vehicles between Chaderghat and Malakpet was badly affected.

Hyderabad’s Musi river in spate, two bridges shut. — IANS

The usually busy bridges were completely flooded with river flowing over them. Residential areas close to river banks were also inundated. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) shifted the affected people to relief camps.

Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) releases 1,278 cusecs of water from Osman Sagar into Musi, which flows through the city. The inflows at the reservoir were 1,200 cusecs. The current water level in the pool was 1,787 feet against the Full Tank Level (FTL) of 1,790 feet.

Himayat Sagar was also receiving inflows of 325 cusecs. Authorities are releasing 330 cusecs of water into Musi. The water level in the reservoir on Tuesday morning was 1,760.70 feet against an FTL of 1763.50 feet.

With massive inflows of rainwater continuing, Hussain Sagar lake in the city’s heart was packed to its brim. The water level in the lake was 513.45 meters against an FTL of 513.41 metres. The excess water is being let out through vents. People living in areas downstream have been alerted. — With media inputs

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