Thirty people have died after heavy rains wrought havoc across Telangana today – leaving roads looking like rivers, cars completely submerged and carried along by powerful currents, and buildings almost entirely flooded.
As many as 15 deaths were reported from Hyderabad alone – among those a two-month-old baby – with water-logging in the city’s low-lying areas. Nine others died after a compound wall collapsed and fell on 10 houses during heavy overnight rain.
In horrifying visuals from the capital city’s Barkas neighbourhood a man was seen being swept away by the floods. Two people, who managed to find shelter on a nearby elevated path, could be seen watching helplessly as the man was dragged away by the current.
According to news agency PTI, the man was later safely rescued with help from police and locals.
In the Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad, a 49-year-old man who ran a naturopathy clinic was electrocuted trying to remove water from the basement of his flooded home.
Also according to PTI, a 40-year-old woman and her daughter died in the Ibrahimpatnam area after the roof of their house fell on them during Tuesday night.
At least five people have been reported missing and the police are searching for them.
Power outages were also reported across the state as the rain uprooted electricity poles. Power supply was suspended in other parts as a precaution.
Telangana Urban Development Minister, KT Rama Rao, held a meeting with the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) and urged restoration of electricity supply as soon as possible.
The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and Army have both been called in to help with relief and rescue efforts. The Army has deployed flood relief and rescue columns in the Bandlaguda area to provide first aid and medical help, a statement said.
Meanwhile, the NDRF said it had evacuated over 1,000 people from flooded areas in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts.
The Telangana government declared a holiday for all government offices and private institutions for Wednesday and Thursday, and urged people to stay indoors unless there was an emergency.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, or KCR, and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart, Jaganmohan Reddy, whose state was similarly affected yesterday, assuring them of all possible support from the central government.