Heavy rains continued to batter the city on Tuesday, though the intensity and duration have come down compared to Monday night when it poured five centimetres maximum at a few locations. Drizzle and misty weather continued since morning, only to intensify into heavy downpour towards post noon hours.
Parts of Hyderabad and surrounding districts witnessed downpour since morning affecting normal life. Hyderabad traffic police cautioned motorists to drive carefully. The police advised pedestrians not to stand under trees or near electric poles. Many low-lying areas were also inundated with rain water and the officials were put on alert to ensure that the residents are moved to safer locations in case the downpour continues.
City residents had reasons to be reminded of floods from October last year, as quite a few lakes filled to the brim and threatened to overflow. As per the readings from the automatic weather stations installed across the city at 5 p.m., the maximum rainfall since 8.30 a.m. hovered at two centimetres at Musheerabad, Bandlaguda, Seetaphalmandi, Monda Market, Srinagar Colony, Asifnagar, Banjara Hills, Sardar Mahal, Saroornagar, Mehdipatnam and other localities.
Tarnaka, Patigadda, Begumpet, Ramanthapur, Karwan, Goshamahal, Ramachandrapuram, and Habsiguda too experienced heavy rainfall. Mayor Gadwal Vijayalakshmi toured the Ayyappa Colony and Mahalakshmi VAMBAY Colony in Nagole where residents are facing several hardships due to continuous rains. She assured them measures to ensure speedy completion of the box drain works which are in progress.
She conducted an emergency review of the situation through a tele conference with legislators from the city, and passed necessary instructions to the corporation staff based on the suggestions from the MLAs. Department of Meteorology has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for the coming two days at isolated places across the State. Generally cloudy sky with light rain has been forecasted for the city.
With southwest monsoon active over the State, the low pressure area over Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts with an associated cyclonic circulation caused heavy rains. Very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in Nirmal and Nagarkurnool districts, while heavy rainfall occurred at a few places in Badradri Kothagudem, Karimnagar districts and at isolated places in Siddipet, Wanaparthy, Mahabubabad and Jogulamba Gadwal districts.