Normal life in Telangana has been thrown out of gear due to heavy rains leading to waterlogging in different localities in Hyderabad and other parts of the state.
After incessant rains during the last 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for Hyderabad as the deep depression was now moving towards Maharashtra. There is an emergency in the states as reports say that as many as 12 people have been killed in the last 48 hours.
IMD says that heavy rains are expected in Vikarabad, Siddipet, and Jagaon districts of Telangana. Looking at the deluge, the state government has declared a holiday for today and tomorrow.
People have been appealed by Telangana minister KT Rama Rao to not venture out as more rains are expected, while Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy took stock of affected areas.
Cyberabad traffic police have issued a toll-free no 8500411111 for traffic updates in Cyberabad. The traffic department, in a tweet, said: “Due to collapse of the embankment of a lake near Shamshabad, the NH 44 between Aramghar and Shamshabad is cut-off. The commuters going towards Airport, Shamshabad, Kurnool, and Bengaluru from Hyderabad city are advised to use ORR instead of NH 44.”
Meanwhile, all exams under the jurisdiction of Osmania University scheduled on 14 & 15 October are postponed due to the torrential rains.
Following heavy rainfall in the state, the Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar has ordered all Collectors, Commissioners of Police, and Superintendents of police and the entire district administration to be on high alert.