30 killed as heavy rain triggers flashfloods in Andhra and Telangana

Updated 15th October 2020 | 10:58 IST

Torrential rain pounded the neighboring states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday and Wednesday, submerging low-lying areas, triggering roof and wall collapses, prompting the evacuation of some 80,000 people to relief camps and claiming a minimum of 30 lives, officials said.

Seventeen people were killed in Telangana capital, Hyderabad and its suburbs, caused a lake within the middle of the town to overflow onto the roads, and three died during a house collapse in Nagarkurnool district. In Andhra Pradesh, heavy rain resulted in the death of 10 people.

As many as nine people, including three children, were killed and 4 injured in two separate wall collapses in Bandlaguda within the old city of Hyderabad late on Tuesday.

Assistant commissioner of police, Falaknuma, M A Majeed, said eight died when huge slabs of granite from a compound wall and boulders fell on around 10 houses at Mohammadia Hills in Bandlaguda at around 11 pm. another person died in another wall collapse at Phool Bagh Colony within the same locality.

“Four persons sustained serious injuries and are undergoing treatment at Owaisi Hospital,” the ACP said.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s disaster management wing personnel, with the help of the local police and residents, pulled out the bodies from the debris. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were also wont to help GHMC personnel to get rid of the debris and check for survivors.

In the Gagan Pahad area of the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway, three members of a family died during a house collapse. At Ibrahimpatnam on the outskirts of the town, a lady and her 15-year-old daughter died after the roof of their house collapsed on them.

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A physician died of electrocution when he was trying to empty out water from his clinic in Banjara Hills on Wednesday morning.

There were reports of two persons getting washed away in flash floods at Mylardevpally in the Falaknuma area, but there was no confirmation of the incident by the police. At Kummera village of Nagarkurnool district, three persons of an equivalent family died when the roof of their house collapsed on them once they were asleep early Wednesday. Two others escaped with minor injuries, the police said.

Hyderabad received unprecedented rain within the last 24 hours. consistent with a bulletin from the State Disaster Management Authority, the Singapore township on the outskirts of the town received the utmost of 30.6 cm of rain during a span of 12 hours until 10 pm. The South Hastinapuram area received 28.3 cm of rain until 01 am. Other areas of the town reported rainfall starting from 11.5 cm to 20.5 cm.

The water level in Hussain Sagar lake within the middle of the town overshot its level on Tuesday evening and began overflowing onto the town roads. Indian Army helicopter was pressed into service to airlift people from submerged areas In the Chandrayangutta. municipal authorities deployed boats to rescue people from their flooded houses At places like Nadeem Colony.

Making a press release within the state legislature, minister for municipal administration and concrete development KT Rama Rao said as many as 40 relief camps had been found out where food and water were being arranged for nearly 80,000 people.

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