Orange alert issued for several districts as torrential rains continue to batter Telangana

The police requested IT employees to work from home while advising others to assess the weather forecast before leaving their workplaces.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Sep 05, 2023 | 1:16 PMUpdatedSep 05, 2023 | 1:16 PM

Telangana rains

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for two days for several districts in Telangana even as torrential rains continued to wreak havoc in the state on  Tuesday, 5 September.

The alert has been issued for 5 and 6 September. Based on the warning, the Telangana State Education Department instructed District Collectors to assess the weather conditions and make informed decisions.

Consequently, district collectors in Hyderabad and Medchal-Malkajgiri districts declared a holiday for educational institutions on Tuesday as a precautionary measure. “Important Announcement: In light of the heavy rainfall forecast in Hyderabad, the government has declared today a holiday for all educational institutions in Hyderabad. Stay indoors and stay safe,” Hyderabad district collector Anudeep Durishetty said on X.

The Vikarabad district administration, too, has declared a holiday for schools.

Also read: IMD issues orange alert for 8 Telangana districts on 5, 6 September

Waterlogging at several places

Hyderabad city witnessed heavy waterlogging near Prakash Nagar, Greenlands Junction, KBR Junction, and Malakpet, affecting vehicular traffic. Traffic movement was slow from Prakash Nagar, Shoppers Stop, Taj Vivanta, Begumpet flyover, Lifestyle, and Greenlands towards Lal Bungalow.

A Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) bus with 15 passengers heading towards Kurnool got stuck at Aramghar in Hyderabad due to waterlogging. After being alerted, the Disaster Response Force (DRF) team and police reached the spot and helped the bus to drive out of danger.

Officials clearing the waterlogged road.

According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), as of 7 am on Tuesday, the highest rainfall recorded was 144.5 mm in Gandhari (Kamareddy) followed by 140.8 mm at Serilingampally (Rangareddy), 138 mm at Medchal, 136 mm at Manoharabad (Medak) and 134.3 mm at Ellanthakunta (Rajanna Sircilla).

As for GHMC limits, Kukatpally received 127.3 mm of rain followed by 119 mm at Jubilee Hills, It was 116.8 mm at Yousufguda, and 110 mm at Moosapet.

The Director of Enforcement, Vigilance, and Disaster Management of GHMC took to X at 6:51 am and alerted citizens on the situation.

“Please don’t step out of your home unless it’s essential for the next couple of hours. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a yellow and an orange alert for 5 and 6 September. The yellow alert is for isolated places at Adilabad, Jagtial, Jangaon, Jogulamba Gadwal, Khammam, Medak, Narayanpet, Siddipet, Suryapet, Warangal and Hanamkonda where light rain and light thunderstorms are likely to occur,” the post said.

Meanwhile, an orange alert has been issued for isolated places in Hyderabad, Mahabubnagar, Mahabubabad, Medchal Malkajgiri, Mulugu, Nagarkurnool, Nalgonda, Rangareddy, Sangareddy, Vikarabad, Wanaparthy and Yadadri Bhuvangiri districts where moderate rain and thunderstorms are expected.

Cops urge techies to work from home

Policemen helping the people struggling on a waterlogged road.

Telangana state police urged citizens to stay indoors. They also requested IT employees to work from home while advising others to assess the weather forecast before leaving their workplaces.

“Heavy rains in Hyderabad. Please don’t step out of your home unless it’s essential for the next few hours. Our teams of more than 3000 are on the field clearing water logging all over the city,” Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner Ronald Rose said.

Two floodgates of Osman Sagar’s and Himayat Sagar’s twin reservoirs were lifted to two feet. While the outflow for Osman Sagar is expected to be 442 cusecs, Himayat Sagar would release 1,373 cusecs of water.

To report rain-related incidents and seek assistance, contact GHMC helpline number 004- 21111111 or dial 100. One can also contact the EV&DM control room at 9000113667.

The Hyderabad traffic police have advised commuters to drive carefully. Its officers are present at all junctions to help the commuters.