Record-breaking rainfall ravages Telangana, Mumbai, leaving a trail of destructiontext_fields
Hyderabad: Telangana has been relentlessly battered by record-breaking rainfall, resulting in widespread devastation and loss of life. As of now, the death toll has reached six, with many regions submerged under floodwaters.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued warnings of heavy to very heavy rainfall, but the actual downpour surpassed all predictions. Experts suspect that a powerful vortex formation, fuelled by high levels of atmospheric moisture, contributed to the deluge.
Mulugu and Bhupalpally districts witnessed a cloudburst, causing flooding that left numerous homes submerged and roads impassable. Rescue teams, utilizing boats and helicopters, have saved hundreds of lives, but many villages remain cut off from help.
Though the rainfall intensity is expected to decrease today, some areas of the state are still grappling with critical conditions. While the capital city Hyderabad received respite from the rain, Warangal experienced severe flooding, prompting the state government to deploy boats and conduct search and rescue operations. So far, the police have rescued 50 people, and over 10,000 others have sought refuge in relief camps across affected districts.
Union Tourism and Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy spoke with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who assured full support for the rescue and relief efforts. Two helicopters and five National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are actively engaged in rescue missions for stranded individuals.
Meanwhile, Mumbai has been grappling with its own waterlogged nightmare. Heavy rainfall over the past few days has inundated several areas of the city, leading to massive traffic jams and disruptions in suburban train services.
The IMD issued a red alert for Mumbai and neighbouring Raigad district, warning of more heavy rainfall at isolated places. Thane, on the other hand, received an orange alert. Amidst the chaos, a landslide struck the Mumbai-Pune Expressway near the Kamshet tunnel, blocking one lane and adding to the traffic woes.
Authorities are working tirelessly to clear debris and restore normalcy in both Telangana and Mumbai. The situation remains tense as they continue to monitor the weather forecasts and prepare for any further challenges.