Two houses collapse; rain brings down temperature to 5-year low

After a span of five years, the mercury levels in the city plunged to 19.9 degrees Celsius, for the month of September on Tuesday because of incessant rains over the past few days.

According to the records of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Tuesday was the coldest day since September 30, 2011. The recorded maximum temperature stood at 26.4 degrees Celsius, which is five degrees below normal.

Experts from the department, said the dip in the mercury levels was due to persisting cloud weather in the city .“On Tuesday , most of the city was under the cover of cumulonimbus clouds (rain-bearing clouds). These clouds prevented any sun rays from reaching the surface of the earth, which kept the city’s climate cool,“ Dr Y K Reddy , director (in-charge), IMD, Hyderabad, told TOI.

With IMD predicting heavy rains for the next three days, the civic department has a tough task on its hand.“Heavy to very heavy rains are very likely to occur in Telangana owing to a low pressure system currently centred over western-central Bay of Bengal.

As heavy rains continued to torment the city, areas like Dilsukhnagar, LB Nagar, Kothi, Khairatabad, Punjagutta, Ameerpet, SR Nagar, Erragadda, Kukatpally, Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills areas reported water stagnation on the roads. “Just two centimetres of rain left many parts of the city in floods, and the officials need to identify the problem and sort it out immediately ,“ said Gudi Ramakanth Karunakar, a resident of Hayathnagar.

On Tuesday , a roof collapsed at Medchal, injuring two persons. In another incident at Basheerbagh, a dilapidated structure collapsed.

“Following the alert we received from the Met department, we immediately began asking people living in dilapidated structures to vacate immediately. We demolished four such structures on Tuesday ,“ said Devender Reddy, chief city planner, GHMC.

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