At least 12 other districts – Warangal, Mulugu, Khammam, Jangaon, Mahbubabad, Adilabad – recorded over 100mm rains in one or more mandals by 11pm, raising concerns of flooding across Godavari basin.
“There is a well-marked low-pressure area along with associated cyclonic circulation and shear zone,” said K Nagaratna, chief of India Meteorological Department, Hyderabad, adding that ‘red alert’ will continue in various districts on Thursday with rainfall up to 200mm also expected in several parts.
Hyderabad, which was on red alert for Wednesday, began seeing the impact of the low pressure by 9pm with heavy rains across the GHMC limits. By 10pm, Tolichowki received 60.8mm rainfall, the highest in the limits, with predictions for more overnight rains of up to 100mm in various parts.
In the morning, even though it did rain as much, strong winds were felt across the city. As a result, 38 full-grown trees fell, many of which had to be cut. According to GHMC’s Disaster Relief Force, on Road No. 14, a huge tree fell on Wednesday morning which took up to six hours to be removed. Meanwhile, Cyberabad traffic police extended staggered exit timings for IT companies in west zone up to August 1.
IMD said that the city will continue to be on red alert along with Kamareddy, Khammam, Medak, Nalgonda, Sanagareddy, Suryapet and Vikarabad on Thursday.