Hyderabad: Heavy rains lashed several parts of the city on Saturday, with the skies suddenly turning cloudy by noon and taking people on the roads by surprise. From then on, for most part of the day, the skies remained overcast, with intermittent showers across the city.
The weather prompted the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to tweet a warning, pointing out that most parts of the GHMC area were likely to witness heavy rainfall, and asking citizens to stay indoors unless unavoidable.
The GHMC also asked the public to dial 100 for emergencies and to call 040-21111111 for any other assistance. For assistance from the DRF Team, one could dial 040-295555500.
The Director, EV&DM, GHMC also tweeted saying DRF teams were alerted and that intense rainfall was expected over most parts of the city. “Citizens are advised to stay indoors unless unavoidable,” he tweeted.
The India Meteorological Department, Hyderabad also issued a warning on Saturday, on thunderstorms accompanied with lightning over Telangana from Saturday till September 23. The warning also said ‘heavy to very heavy rain’ was very likely to occur in several districts including Hyderabad, Sangareddy, Vikarabad, Rangareddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri and Yadadri Bhongir among others.
According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society, the cyclonic circulation over Telangana and adjoining Vidarbha had become less marked and under its influence, fairly wide spread rainfall with isolated heavy rain was expected over the State for next three days.
In the GHMC limits on Saturday, Kapra recorded the highest rainfall of 72.5 mm till 6 pm, while Uppal recorded 57.5 mm, Abdullapurmet 45.3 mm and Keesara, 41.3 mm.