The extent of the calamity that struck Hyderabad can be gauged by the fact that the city recorded its worst rainfall for the month of October in the last 100 years around 200 mm.
Heavy rainfall across Telangana have killed at least 19 people so far even as thunderstorm accompanied by lightning occurred at isolated places across the state, including capital Hyderabad.
The incessant rains since Tuesday led to the capital city reeling under severe waterlogging and inundation of some low-lying areas.
With several low-lying areas inundated, rescue efforts were in full swing across the city.
While two more teams of the NDRF reached Hyderabad overnight to assist in relief measures in Hyderabad and elsewhere in Telangana, the Indian Army also entered the efforts later in the day.
The Army personnel launched flood relief and rescue columns in Bandlaguda area on a requisition from the state government, a Defence release said.
Many stranded people were evacuated and a large number of food packets were distributed. “Army Medical teams accompanying the columns are providing essential first aid and medical relief to the stranded people,” the army said.
The NDRF said it evacuated more than 1,000 people from inundated areas in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts. Four teams of NDRF was engaged in rescue operations.
“Today, NDRF teams have rescued 22 persons and evacuated 1,165 persons in Hyderabad and Rangareddy after the cities got flooded. Evacuation Operations are still continuing as a large number of citizens are trapped inside their houses and seeking help,” it said.
The State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department also carried out rescue operations in the Toli Chowki area.
On Tuesday night, as many as 33 passengers of a state-run bus were rescued after the vehicle got stuck owing to water-logging on a road at Uppal within the city limits.
The Met department on Wednesday issued a yellow alert for Hyderabad, while the state government declared a holiday on Wednesday and Thursday for all private institutions, offices, non-essential services within Outer Ring Road in view of rains.
It also advised people to stay indoor as far as possible.
The IMD said that the sub-cyclonic system or “deep depression” is likely to peter out in a day, but will regain in strength once it crosses the Maharashtra coast on October 16.
Earlier in the day, it also said that the depression over western parts of Telangana would move northwestwards and weaken into a low pressure area in 12 hours.
Many areas in central parts of Hyderabad like Begumpet, Ameerpet and Panjagutta also faced inundation.
As Hyderabad witnessed recorded unprecedented overnight rainfall, the GHMC authorities was forced to open the floodgates of the Himayat Sagar dam, which supplies water to Hyderabad, on Tuesday night, leading to many surrounding areas flooding.
As several trees and electricity poles were uprooted due to the deluge, Rama Rao asked the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) officials to coordinate with MAUD and police to ensure power was restored at the earliest. Power supply was suspended in most parts of the state capital on Tuesday as a precaution.
An official release issued late on Tuesday night stated that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had directed that the administration in the districts should be on high alert, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar also urged the district collectors to remain alert and strictly follow the flood protocol communicated earlier.
In the evening, MoS Home G Kishan Reddy visited the rain-affected areas and appealed to people to remain indoors for the next 1 to 2 days.