Hyderabad: For the seventh consecutive day, heavy rains lashed Hyderabad, with the downpour bringing the city to a grinding halt once again.
The rains, which resumed after a brief lull since last evening, turned roads and the traffic junctions into pools of water creating a lot of difficulties for the evening rush-hour traffic. There were traffic snarls in Banjara Hills, Lakdi Ka Pul, Madhapur, Miyapur Punjgagutta, Begumpet, Nampally, Moazzam Jahi Market, Secunderabad and many other busy areas of the city.
Met office in Hyderabad said that the low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal was the cause of extensive rains over Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and more rains were likely over the next 24 hours. There will be isolated to heavy rainfall over coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana over the next 24 hours, the officials of the Meteorological Centre in Hyderabad said.
Apart from traffic jams and impact on road connectivity, people in the two Telugu states are also suffering from seasonal diseases including Chikungunya, Dengue fever and brain fever or Japanese encephalitis.
Two minor children — Mohammad Idrees and Mohammad Junaid — died on Friday in Ananthapur town of Andhra Pradesh due to dengue fever. State minister Palle Raghunath Reddy visited their home in Vinayak Nagar area and expressed his condolences. The family which had lost both sons was in deep shock. The minster also held a review meeting with officials and ordered launch of sanitation and fumigation drive in the area.
In Hyderabd a promising cricketer also died due to Dengue fever. Sainath, who played for the Under 19 team of Hyderabad cricketer association, was suffering from Dengue for the last three days and breathed his last on Friday.
Persistent heavy rains have brought fresh inflows into the major irrigation projects. Sriram Sagar project in Nizamabad across river Godavari was receiving 22,000 cusecs water while the Srisailam project across Krishna river was receiving 86,000 cusecs of water.
Though the monsoon season was about to end, most of the big dams in both the Telugu states had not even reached half their capacity.