Hyderabad Rains: The gates of Himayath Sagar reopened

Hyderabad: With heavy rain and steady inflows, two gates of Himayath Sagar were opened late on Saturday night by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Rioling Board (HMWSSB).

Officials said by 9 p.m., there was an inflow of 1,380 cusecs while the layoff was 1,372 cusecs. However, there was no inflow to the Osman Sagar reservoir, they added.

Earlier, the gates of Himayath Sagar, which opened at midnight on Tuesday after nearly a decade, were closed on Saturday morning after they released 4.39 lakhs downstream into the Musi.

The reservoir has received 4.44 lakh cusecs of rain so far this season. The water level in the reservoir was 1763 feet on Saturday versus the full tank level (FTL) of 1,763.50 feet.

Also in the Osman Sagar reservoir the inflow stopped and the water level was 1783.28 feet compared to the FTL of 1790 feet. While Himayath Sagar was filled to the brim, Osman Sagar was seven feet short to fill the capacity.

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HMWSSB officials constantly monitored the inflow to the twin reservoirs and opened gates after warning revenue, police and municipal officials to prevent adverse incidents.

Officials said there would be no problems with drinking water during the next summer and beyond. The HMWSSB supplies almost 440 million liters per day (MGD) to the city, and this stock is supplied by 270 MGC of the Krishna River and 172 MGD of the Godavari River.

Both Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam projects were fully in their capacity, as was the Yellampally project. MA&UD General Secretary Arvind Kumar, accompanied by HMWSSB Managing Director M Dana Kishore, visited the Himayath Sagar Reservoir.

Grieving families receive R5 each

Interior Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali on Saturday handed out checks to the families of those who died in the recent floods.

The families of 12 deceased persons received checks of Rs 5 lakh each. As some families could not collect the checks, the Minister handed them over to the Mandal Revenue Officer (MRO). The minister said Prime Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had assured that the state government would provide double bedroom homes to the people whose homes were completely damaged.

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Man has electrocirculation

An unknown man was electrified at Old Malakpet on Saturday night. According to police, he touched an electricity pole while walking on the sidewalk and collapsed. It is suspected that the deceased may have come into contact with some power cables. A case was discussed and the body was moved to the morgue of Osmania General Hospital.

Police placed on their guard

Director-General of Police Mahendar Reddy asked police officers to be alerted in the wake of Saturday night’s rains.

He reviewed the situation with the police commissioners of Commissioners Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda and advised them to give preference to prevent loss of life and asked all the officers to be on the field. Reddy suggested that the necessary safety measures be taken in low-lying areas and that officials be asked to be on their feet with rain forecast for the next two days.

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