Nearly 30 rain-related deaths reported in Telangana

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Published: October 15,2020 10:50 AM
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October 15, 2020: Nearly 30 people have died after heavy rains wrought havoc across Telangana on Wednesday - leaving roads looking like rivers, cars completely submerged and carried along by powerful

October 15, 2020: Nearly 30 people have died after heavy rains wrought havoc across Telangana on Wednesday - leaving roads looking like rivers, cars completely submerged and carried along by powerful currents, and buildings almost entirely flooded.



As many as 15 deaths were reported from Hyderabad alone - among those a two-month-old baby - with water-logging in low-lying areas. Nine others died after a compound wall collapsed and fell on 10 houses during heavy overnight rain.



It began raining in the city again late Wednesday night after a brief dry spell.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, or KCR, and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart, Jaganmohan Reddy, whose state was similarly affected yesterday, assuring them of all possible support from the central government.



Union Home Minister Amit Shah said he is "closely monitoring the situation in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (and that the) Modi government is committed to providing all possible assistance to the people of both the states in this hour of need". "My thoughts and prayers are with those affected," he said.



The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and Army have both been called in to help with relief and rescue efforts.



In horrifying visuals from Hyderabad's Barkas neighbourhood, a man was seen being swept away by the floods. Two people, who managed to find shelter on a nearby elevated path, could be seen watching helplessly as the man was dragged away by the current.



The Telangana government declared a holiday for all government offices and private institutions for Wednesday and Thursday, and urged people to stay indoors unless there was an emergency.



Weather forecasts from IMD Hyderabad show some relief, with "nil" warnings and only "light to moderate rain... at FEW places" expected. There are, however, thunderstorm warnings for the weekend.



In Andhra Pradesh, heavy rains caused damage to roads and disrupted power supply at several places. A statement from the Chief Minister's Office said 10 people had died in rain-related incidents over the past 48 hours.