Posted On September 23, 2016 By In City And 443 Views

Hyderabad rain: Hussainsagar levels rise, ‘critical’ areas identified

HYDERABAD: With water level in the Hussainsagar touching 513.78 metres, dangerously above the full tank level (FTL) of 513.41metres, the Hyderabad district administration on Thursday identified key mandals likely to be severely inundated in case excess water is released from the lake. The four mandals are Khairatabad, Himayathnagar, Musheerabad and Shaikpet, all abutting the Following an alert from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), district authorities inspected the short-listed areas along with tehsildars of the concerned mandals. Apart from marking ‘critical’ pockets, they also listed out shelters, such as community halls and school premises, where evacuated families can be temporarily housed in case of an emergency. In Himayathnagar, just about a kilometre away from Hussainsagar, revenue officials identified Ashok Nagar, Domalguda, Ratna Nagar, Suraj Nagar, Subhash Chandra Bose Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Shastri Nagar and Nehru Nagar as critical areas. “We have alerted nearly 300 families living here, about the rising water level in the Hussainsagar. We have also identified community halls in Domalguda, Indira Park, Ratna Nagar, Ashok Nagar and other places, where we can shift families staying in low-lying areas in the mandal,” said Venkateswarlu, tehsildar of the mandal. In Khairatabad mandal, places marked as prone to flooding are Begumpet, Brahmanwadi, Indira Nagar, Nehru Nagar, M S Maktha and Raj Nagar. A word of caution was also given to those in Arundhati nagar, Sabarmathi Nagar and Nagamaiah Kunta in Musheerabad mandal. “Around 1,000 families in my mandal are likely to get affected. Community halls in M S Maktha and Raj Nagar have been kept ready in case there is a need to rehabilitate people,” said Khairatabad tehsildar T Saidulu. Community halls in the Shaikpet mandal too were marked as emergency shelters. “Government issued instructions to NDRF teams in critical areas abutting the Hussainsagar. Tehsildars have identified shelters,” reiterated V Ashok Kumar, Hyderabad district revenue officer. When contacted, assistant commissioner, disaster management, K Badrinath, said: “One NDRF team has been kept on stand-by to tackle the problem.”

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