The monsoon action teams and personnel from Disaster Response Force (DRF) of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) seen in action on Sunday to address rain related issues following heavy downpour in Hyderabad.
Lack of traffic at major water logging points on Sunday eased the efforts of GHMC workers, who were pressed into service to clear water logging on roads, remove fallen tree branches and tangled utility wires. The DRF teams assisted people to shift their vehicles to places that were not water logged.
The authorities also ensured that people are warned beforehand about the impending heavy downpour. On Sunday, before the downpour, the Director of GHMC-Enforcement Vigilance and Disaster Management (EVDM), Viswajit Kampati alerted public about heavy rains through Twitter and urged them to plan their commute accordingly.
Following the rains, static labour teams were deployed at major water logging points while mini-monsoon teams went around the city to attend monsoon related complaints. The mobile teams were equipped with vehicles, water pumps, cutters, crowbars, water pumps and equipment required to pump out the water.
Some of the areas that witnessed water-logging include Bagh Amberpet, Manikeshwari Nagar in Tarnaka, Uppal main road and Padma Colony in Nallakunta and many old city areas. The GHMC teams were pressed into service in these areas to take-up relief work like clearing water logging, removing uprooted trees, fallen tree branches and fixing overflowing storm water drains on slow pace.
Apart from GHMC, special teams from Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) also attended to complaints related to drainage and water inundation.
“Our special teams ensured that there were no open manholes. They also visited slum settlements to check for the quality of drinking water,” a Water Board official said. The nodal officers who were appointed by the Water Board were monitoring the monsoon works in shifts.
The rains also disrupted electricity supply in regions that received heavy downpour. The power was restored by Sunday evening following extensive trouble shooting by electricity department personnel. #KhabarLive #hydnews