Hyderabad records 15 centimetres of rain in one and a half hours

Hyderabad: Citizens of Hyderabad had another harrowing experience as thousands of motorists had to spend the night on water clogged roads after a cloud burst resulted in 15 centimetres of rain within one and a half hours.

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This was the second instance of cloud burst over Hyderabad in less than a month derailing normal life in the bustling metro turning the roads and colonies into lakes, causing massive traffic jams, badly damaging the civic infrastructure extensively and plunging many parts of the city into darkness.

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The extremely heavy rains, which started on Friday evening caught people returning home from work unawares. Up to three feet of water on the roads made it impossible for the traffic to move as hundreds of cars failed to start.

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Such was the impact of the rains that the normal life could not be restored even after 24 hours. Many key roads had to be closed for repair works. Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar has urged the people to stay indoors.

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Cloud burst

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People in the state capital had a similar experience on September 16 when a cloud burst resulted in 11 cms of rains in three hours. But the Friday night experience was even worse as the intensity of downpour was never seen before.

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Busy areas of new city including Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Mehdipatnam, Toli Chowki, Khairatabad and Begumpet bore the brunt of the rains as roads came under water within minutes. The road towards Raj Bhavan (Governor’s House) had to be closed as the flood turned it into a river. Water also entered the Raj Bhavan premises.

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Already 2020 has proved to be the wettest rainy season in Telangana and the latest downpour was unprecedented in history.

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Indian Meteorological Department official said that the rain activity was under the influence of a upper air cyclonic circulation and a trough over Telangana. “These systems resulted in formation of cumulonimbus clouds over Hyderabad that led to very heavy rainfall during the evening hours”, said Raja Rao, meteorologist of IMD in Hyderabad. The IMD has warned of more rains over the next three days.

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Meanwhile the low pressure area over Andaman sea has moved towards the East Central Bay of Bengal. IMD in an extraordinary bulletin said that it was likely to move in North-Westerly direction and cross Andhra Pradesh coast on Monday morning.

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