Hyderabad: The city is bracing for another spell of heavy rainfall as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Hyderabad and its adjoining districts. The orange alert indicates the possibility of continuous light to moderate rain with occasional heavy spells.
According to the IMD, Hyderabad and its neighbouring districts of Medchal-Malkajgiri, Rangareddy, Sangareddy, Vikarabad and Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places on Tuesday. The weather department has also warned of waterlogging, traffic disruption and localised flooding in low-lying areas.
The IMD has attributed the rainfall activity to a low-pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha coast, which is likely to move west-northwestwards across Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh during the next 2-3 days.
The state government has declared a holiday for all educational institutions in Hyderabad and Medchal-Malkajgiri districts on Tuesday in view of the rain forecast. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and the police have also issued alerts and advisories for the citizens, urging them to avoid unnecessary travel and stay indoors.
The GHMC has deployed emergency teams to clear waterlogging and fallen trees. The civic body has also set up control rooms in all zones to attend to any complaints or grievances related to the rains. The GHMC has requested the citizens to dial 040-21111111 for any assistance.
The police have also advised the commuters to drive carefully and follow the traffic rules. The police have also identified some vulnerable points where waterlogging is likely to occur and have deployed personnel to regulate the traffic. The police have asked the public to dial 100 or use the Hawk Eye app for any emergency or traffic-related issues.
The city has been witnessing heavy rainfall since last week, causing inconvenience to the residents. On Monday, several areas in the city received moderate to heavy rain, resulting in waterlogging and traffic snarls. The highest rainfall of 83.3 mm was recorded at Asifnagar, followed by 70.8 mm at Shaikpet and 62.3 mm at Rajendranagar.
The IMD has forecast that the rainfall activity will continue till September 9, with a gradual decrease thereafter. The maximum temperature is likely to be around 29°C and the minimum temperature around 22°C on Tuesday.