Heavy rains pound Hyderabad, seven killed including four children
Heavy downpour in Hyderabad on Wednesday left seven people, including four children, dead in two rain-related incidents, while traffic movement was thrown out of gear due to waterlogging in most parts of the city.
Hyderabad: Heavy downpour in Hyderabad on Wednesday left seven people, including four children, dead in two rain-related incidents, while traffic movement was thrown out of gear due to waterlogging in most parts of the city.
The rains caused a chaotic situation with huge traffic blocks in many parts of the city till afternoon. Several low-lying areas were inundated forcing people to vacate their houses.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased, while an equal sum will be given by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Rs 50,000 under 'Apathbandhu' scheme, as applicable.
Rao held a meeting with state Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao, senior officials of GHMC, police and other departments concerned and reviewed the situation, a statement from the CM's office said.
Four members of a family, including parents and their two children, were killed when an under-construction wall collapsed on their hut in Ramanthapur area, K T Rama Rao said.
The victims were asleep when the mishap occurred, a police official said.
In the other incident, three members of a family, including a woman and her two daughters, died when a part of their house collapsed in Bholakpur area, the minister said.
Another building collapsed at Lal Darwaja in Old City, but no one was injured.
GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy instructed officials that people staying in old and dilapidated buildings be evacuated immediately.
Due to heavy rains, water-logging was reported at several places and GHMC teams were clearing stagnated points at Nampally, Secunderabad station, Khairatabad and other areas. Tree branches also fell in some areas due to rains.
Officials released 120 cusecs of water from the swollen Husain Sagar lake which received huge inflow of water due to the heavy rains.