The unstoppable rains continue to batter the city of Hyderabad for the third consecutive day even as the Met department warned that a second low-pressure forming in the Bay of Bengal would hit Hyderabad hard for the next five days. “Its far from over. We have issued a five-day alert now and the intensity of the rains could be the same,” Dr YK Reddy, Director for Indian Meteorological Department said as the people came out in large numbers to stock up on food and rations with rain relenting during the day.
But their hopes for relief from rains proved to be short-lived as experts from Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, also joined in and said a well-marked low pressure was likely to bring heavy rains. “Incidentally there is a fresh system, running from northwest India up to the centre of the well-marked low pressure area across Vidarbha and Telangana,” said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist, Skymet. According to the Met department, the city received a cumulative rainfall of 7.6 centimetres since Thursday night prompting chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to order a survey to assess the damages caused by the rains.
Meanwhile there are reports of 13 rain related deaths from both the states. Andhra Pradesh reported four rain-related deaths on Friday which took the toll to nine, six in Guntur district and three in Visakhapatnam. In Medak district, four persons were killed and six others injured in separate rain-related incidents.