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Unprecedented torrential rain that wreaked havoc in Hyderabad and its suburbs in the last 24 hours claimed at least 27 lives and threw normal life out of gear.

At least 27 people have died in incidents of rain in Telangana in the aftermath of the downpour that has wreaked havoc in several parts of the state since Tuesday, including Hyderabad.  In the GHMC area alone, 19 deaths were confirmed, while five still had to be detected.

The government has placed the entire administration on a state of readiness and is launching emergency relief and rescue measures across the state.  Two helicopters were kept ready while boats were deployed to evacuate people stranded in low-lying areas flooded by floods.

The power supply was cut off across the state, and power companies reported damages to more than 200 transformers that were under floodwaters, while many power poles uprooted and electrical wires broke in numerous places.  Several streams and canals were in flurry, even as tanks began to overflow due to heavy inflows.  Authorities at almost all projects in the State have lifted the gates to heavy inflows.

Road connections were broken on several street roads, including the Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway.  Vehicles were trapped for more than a kilometer on the NH 65 at Kothagudem of Pochampally mandal while floodwaters overflowed to a bridge.  Police have discouraged people from taking the risk of crossing the bridge.

In many places nalas flooded and drainage flooded the areas.  Officials urged the Disaster Force and other staff of police, fire and other departments to rescue people trapped in submerged areas and move to safe shelters.
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