At least 15 had died in Hyderabad and hundreds have been affected after the incessant rainfall in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had disrupted the normal lives and pushed the residents to confine in their residences as they have been witnessing unprecedented floods in recent times after the rainfall had inundated the streets and roads.
The heavy rainfall was the sequel of the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal which crossed the coast of Andhra Pradesh near Kakinada on Tuesday morning, leaving the residents of both the states to brace up to new challenges and mayhem as heavy rainfall has been lashing the most parts of both the states since the depression made the landfall. Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted thunderstorms along coastal regions in Andhra Pradesh.
Telangana has been the worst affected state after major cities including Hyderabad has received major rainfall with recording large-scale devastation and disruption. The incessant rainfall had killed 15 people in Hyderabad and of these 15, according to reports, three had died after the wall of the house collapsed on them in the Gaganpahad area of Shamshabad in the city on the night hours of Tuesday.
The IMD had spelled yellow alert for Hyderabad as the city is still under the hands of the depression, though it has been moving towards Maharashtra. The agency had predicted that districts of Siddipet, Jagaon, and Vikarabad in Telangana would receive heavy rains and due to the effect of the rainfall, the Telangana state government had earlier declared holidays for Wednesday and Thursday.
The deceased in Hyderabad include a two-month-old baby and reports close to the developments say at least 14 districts in Telangana have been affected and several areas of these districts have been inundated by the rainwater and of these 15, as many as 12 people have been killed in the last 48 hours. The government authorities had opened the floodgates of the Himayat Sagar dam after the water level in the dam had exponentially increased.
The IMD said that the city had recorded the highest rainfall ever in the past 24 hours. The visuals from the city had shown how it has been devastated by rainfall. The strong currents had moved the parked car in one of the streets while in another clip, a man was seen being caught in the whirlpool and he was swept away by the floodwater. However, the reports say that it's not yet known whether the man was rescued.
The visuals had shown the dramatic effect of the rainfall, which has been lashing out the states. According to ANI, Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said that many areas in Hyderabad had received 20 cm rainfall in the last 24 hours. In its latest prediction till 8.30 am on October 15, the weather department said that the isolated places in Telangana would receive heavy to very heavy rain.
#WATCH Telangana: A car collides with other cars after getting washed away in New Bowenpally area of Hyderabad.— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2020
Heavy downpour has created a flood-like situation in several areas of the state capital. pic.twitter.com/y9nfe09VIO
Both the state governments had deployed relief efforts to rescue the affected people. The Visakhapatnam collector had deployed three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). According to reports, around 350 houses in the coastal district were flooded and as many as 800 families have been evacuated and the administration had installed seven relief camps including four in Narsipatnam and one in Gajuwaka.
The authorities in the coastal district had distributed 2,700 food packets to affected people and 3,000 water sachets and bottles while the Andhra Pradesh government had dispatched the relief works to the affected areas in the districts of Vizianagaram, East Godavari, Krishna, West Godavari, Guntur, Prakasam, Chittoor, Kadapa, and Anantapur. Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had taken stock of the situation in the affected areas while Telangana Minister Rama Rao had appealed to people to not to exit the houses as more rains are expected.
Following the unprecedented devastation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to the Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh regarding the situation and assured all possible support and assistance. By taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said, "Spoke to @TelanganaCMO KCR Garu and AP CM @ysjagan Garu regarding the situation in Telangana and AP respectively due to heavy rainfall. Assured all possible support and assistance from the Centre in rescue & relief work. My thoughts are with those affected due to the heavy rains".
Telangana: Normal lives affected in Mayuri Nagar area of Hyderabad due to severe waterlogging.— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2020
Heavy downpour has created a flood-like situation in several areas of the state capital. pic.twitter.com/a5OOokIspI
President Ram Nath Kovind speaks to the Governor & CM of Telangana & expresses concern over loss of lives & destruction caused by incessant rain in Hyderabad & parts of Telangana. pic.twitter.com/muTYCtJYdR— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2020