Heavy rains lash Hyderabad, more likely

Hyderabad: Heavy rain lashed the city on Sunday afternoon causing inconvenience to holiday makers and Diwali shoppers. The city dwellers have been, in fact, fed up with the continuous rains falling like never before in October.

Several areas of the city including Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, Masab Tank, Mehdipatnam, Tolly Chowki, Asif Nagar, Lak-di-ka pul, Nampally, Kothi, Abids, Begum Bazar, Malakpet, Khairatabad, Ameerpet and Punjagutta witnessed heavy downpour in the afternoon. Water-logging was reported from various parts of the city affecting movement of the traffic.

The Met office has forecast that the city will experience rains for another two or three days. Since heavy gales are blowing across the Telugu states from eastern and south eastern directions, heavy to very heavy rains expected.

The Met also monitored a low-pressure area that has been built up to a height of over 4.5 km in the East Central Arabian Sea. Under its influence, a trough has been formed up to a height of 2.1 km from East Central Arabia Sea to Vidarbha and North Interior Karnataka. Heavy to very heavy rains are likely under its influence in Telangana, coastal AP, Yanam and Rayalaseema region.

The Met office cautioned people living in low-lying areas and cautioned people against standing near electric poles as thunder storms are likely. During the current rainy season, the greater Hyderabad region recorded a rainfall of over 630 mm.

The rainfall incident in 650 square KM region in and around greater Hyderabad equals several hundreds of crores liters. But only 7% of the incident water seeped into the soil. About 20-30 per cent of rain water evaporates and the rest of the water flows waste into gutters. The municipal employees have been making efforts to divert the rain water into drains.

By Mohammed Hussain mohammedhussain.reporter@gmail.com