Fifteen people have died in Hyderabad in rain-related incidents, following incessant rainfall that lashed the city and different parts of Telangana, leading to waterlogging on roads and inundation of some low-lying areas.
People were advised to stay indoors for the next two days as more rains are expected in the state.
The Telangana government has declared a holiday on Wednesday and Thursday for all private institutions, offices, non- essential services within Outer Ring Road here in view of rains.
The weather department, in its latest forecast — valid from 8.30 am on October 14 till 8.30 am on October 15, has predicted heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over Telangana.
Hyderabad has received 20 cm rains in the last 24 hours.
Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao and Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav held an emergency meeting with senior officials and reviewed the rescue and relief operations in the city.
Home Minister Amit Shah said the Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the situation in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in the wake of heavy rains and the central government will provide all possible help to the two states.
The Army is involved in the rescue and relief operations in parts of the city hit by rain fury and deluge along with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and evacuated several marooned people.
The Army personnel launched flood relief and rescue columns in Bandlaguda area on a requisition from the state government, a Defence release said.
The NDRF said it evacuated more than 1,000 people from inundated areas in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts.
Several trees and electricity poles were uprooted due to the deluge. Power supply was suspended in most parts of the state capital as a precaution.
The rains were triggered by a deep depression over the west-central Bay of Bengal leading to heavy rains across several districts of Telangana, according to the weather department.
The depression over western parts of Telangana, the weather department has predicted, will move west northwestwards and gradually weaken into a well-marked, low-pressure area in the next 12 hours.
(With agency inputs)