With the rains triggering the opening of reservoir gates and overflowing of water bodies in many areas along the River Musi and its catchment areas, several people living in low-lying areas have been relocated to safer places.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) along with the Revenue department and Police visited low-lying areas near the Musi, alerted the people and relocated those whose houses were prone to inundation or likely to be washed away. Public announcements were also made using loudspeakers. In several wards, the officials were accompanied by GHMC Corporators.

Measures to safeguard lives including relocating people were taken after the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) lifted the gates of Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar.

The Hyder Enclave Colony in GHMC Rajendra Nagar Circle, Chaderghat in Malakpet Circle, Golnaka in Amberpet circle and the Ayyappa Colony in LB Nagar circle were localities from where people were relocated. “Only people living in houses that are prone to inundation were relocated. In some areas, people voluntarily moved out when we issued an alert,” a GHMC official said.

“People who did not have the option to go to their relatives’ houses were shifted to community halls. In some localities, including in the Malakpet circle, people were sheltered in a masjid,” a GHMC official said.

Areas around the Hussain Sagar were also being monitored. People in Arvind Colony, Nagamaiah Kunta, Padma Colony and parts of Kavadiguda were alerted. All these areas are located near the lake and its connecting nalas.

“We have shortlisted some places where people can be relocated. An action plan is also ready to relocate people. We are constantly monitoring the situation in Hussain Sagar and alerting people,” a GHMC official said, adding that the inflows into the lake were being monitored with GHMC officials coordinating with the revenue and irrigation departments to take appropriate measures.

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