Relief operations were in full capacity today in Hyderabad and other places in Telangana in the wake of heavy rains that caused flooding of low-lying areas, damage to property and also standing agriculture crops. Extreme rain over few hours that has been described as unprecedented and a 117-year-high for a single October day in Hyderabad left several areas inundated. At least 31 people died in the Greater Hyderabad area alone. The body of a postman, who fell into floodwater on Tuesday while on duty, was taken out from a lake on Thursday, the police told.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao held a meeting to review the damage and has written to Prime Minister Nagendra Modi to release Rs. 1,350 crore immediately for relief and rehabilitation work, a government statement said. Rescue operations continued even on Thursday as a rain-less sky brought some relief and the water started receding in most parts of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits though some localities remained flooded.
State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said that relief teams were working to pump out water from inundated areas and to restore normal traffic, two days after the rain flooded roads, houses and toppled parked vehicles. Authorities expressed concerns about the outbreak of disease, a spike in coronavirus infections and for the safety of those in dilapidated buildings and construction sites.