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Hyderabad: As the city is witnessing light showers and moderate rainfall at a few places for the past one week, the Disaster Response force (DRF) of the Enforcement Vigilance and Disaster management (EV&DM) wing of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) are closely monitoring the situation. According to the EV&DM officials, the DRF teams are working restlessly round the clock in three shifts to clear fallen trees, stagnated flood water from apartments and houses. They are assisting the Revenue department in distribution of safety and relief items to restore normalcy in the inundated areas. A control room has been set up by the Directorate of EV&DM which works round the clock. The citizens can call 040 29555500 or 90001-13667 for assistance of the DRF teams. Even in-charge officers have been appointed to oversee the complaints attended by the DRF teams.

The teams are continuously tracking the Meteorology department weather forecast and acting accordingly. At the field level they are coordinating with local leaders to render all possible assistance to the public. Eighteen DRF teams are deployed in the city. The teams are also co-coordinating with the Traffic police, the GHMC engineering and sanitation teams in clearing traffic jams, road obstructions, such as tree falls, water stagnation, moving the breakdown vehicles to safer places, and rescuing people who get stuck in inundated areas. For the past 10 days, the DRF teams attended to 184 complaints in which 89 pertained to tree fall, 86 water stagnation and nine rescue operations.

Hyderabad: Following heavy rains that lashed the city in the last few days led to many bunds breached due to heavy inflows in several water bodies across Hyderabad. This has caused water inundation in several localities in low-lying areas. After which the civic body has served a serious alert among people residing in areas close to lakes. Residential areas near Balapur lake, Safilguda lake, Saroornagar lake, Dammaiguda lake, Alwal lake, Yerrakunta lake, Ramanthapur lake, Jillelaguda lake, Ramakrishnapuram lake, Kapra lake, Shukur Sagar, Nadimi Cheruvu, Bairamalguda Cheruvu, Malkam Cheruvu, Mohini Cheruvu, Pedda Cheruvu, Banda Cheruvu, Patel Cheruvu, Nalla Cheruvu, Chinna Cheruvu, Bandlaguda Cheruvu, Nagole Cheruvu, Ideal Cheruvu, Mir Alam Tank, and Cherlapally Tank were the worst hit due to heavy rainfall.

As the Saroornagar lake overflowed, water entered into P&T colony in Karmanghat. Subsequently, many colonies in this locality witnessed heavy waterlogging. The Shukur Sagar lake and Burhankha lake bund too were breached that submerged Osman Nagar, Habeeb Colony, and Saif colony. Last year too, several families had to be evacuated around Shukur Sagar lake and Balapur lake. In all these areas near lakes, the monsoon emergency teams of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and the Disaster Response Force (DRF) teams have been made available to closely monitor the situation.

According to residents, as the surplus water from some of these lakes gushed onto the roads and entered into several colonies, yet no action has been taken up by the authorities and till now no required measures were initiated, locals lamented. In areas like Siddiq Nagar in Hitec City, Panchavati Colony in Manikonda, NBT Nagar in Road Number 12 Banjara Hills the GHMC is planning to create temporary water channels to divert the water from low-lying areas into nearest water bodies.


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