Hyderabad: Due to the torrential downpour in the past couple of days, Hyderabad is reeling from flooded roads and water dangers around the city. While Hyderabadis are struggling to reach their homes and offices, they are not without their saviours. Meet the unsung heroes of Hyderabad from Monsoon Emergency teams working round the clock to drain out the excess water. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) deployed Disaster Response Force (DRF) to clear water stagnation, water-logged roads, fallen trees on city roads, etc.

Reportedly, Hyderabad received the third-highest rainfall in 111 years during September. The highest rainfall was 15.32 cm recorded in 1908, while the second-highest was 9 cm in 2017. There are 13 teams deployed across the city, working in three different shifts for eight hours to cope with these heavy rains. Be it day or night, DRF teams are ready to give quick relief to citizens and commuters struggling in Hyderabad floods, mainly in the low lying areas. GHMC asked citizens to report an emergency by contacting 040-21111111 or dialling 100. People can also make use of MyGHMC App.

The 13 Disaster Response Force teams are deployed in locations like Rajbhavan, Neeru’s Madhapur, Assembly, Shaikpet Nala, Kukatpally junction, TV Tower, Uppal, Chilakalguda, Cyberabad Police Control Room, CM Camp Office, OU campus, and Gachibowli. The teams quickly respond to any emergency rescue requests.

Dressed in their uniforms, these unsung heroes have rescued many people, homes, pets, vehicles, and animals by working 24×7. They ensure that the city remains moving during heavy rains. In an incident, DRF members rescued a three-month-old baby and her mother from an inundated location in Tirumalgiri, Secunderabad on Thursday night.

On Friday, few members of the Disaster Relief Teams (DRT) rescued people in Anand Bagh area in Hyderabad using boats, life jackets and lifebuoys ropes. These teams not only help anyone in need during any emergency but also distribute food, snacks, milk, and biscuits. Even during 3 am on Thursday, DRF teams were seen clearing water stagnation at Cinepolis, Anand Bagh, Malkajgiri areas.

These teams were seen distributing necessities to residents in a low lying area in Malkajgiri, NMDC, and Anand Bagh colony in boats. Reportedly, the water level in these low lying areas is still at five feet. One of the Hyderabad residents tweeted, praising DRF teams, “#HyderabadRains Rescue team distributing Milk, Biscuits & food to #Malkajgiri people.”

Honouring these unsung heroes of Hyderabad, GHMC Additional commissioner Mohammed Musharraf Ali Faruqui tweeted, “The #UnsungHeroes of Hyderabad today. Over 1,000 #MonsoonTeam members are working round the clock to drain out the highest ever September rainfall water. Major stagnation being attended. Please prefer to stay indoors. We will restore normalcy at the earliest @KTRTRS @arvindkumar_ias. (sic)”

Viswajit Kampati, Director of Enforcement Vigilance and Disaster Management, was seen clearing stagnated water at Devnar School of Blind in Begumpet area on Friday. He tweeted, “One of the highest rainfalls recorded in Hyderabad. All DRF teams have been attending to emergency calls throughout the night. Citizens are requested to Dial 100 for any assistance (sic).”

Not only GHMC, but the entire Hyderabad is proud of these “unsung heroes” who are ensuring that the city remains moving even during heavy rains.

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Anusha Puppala

Anusha Puppala is currently working at NewsMeter. She had earlier worked as a reporter with ANI and The News Minute. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Reporter with the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper, covering education beat. She had briefly associated with the national television channel Tiranga TV as a special correspondent. Anusha has extensively written stories on education, traffic, civic-issues, human-Interesting, off-Beat, consumer issues, health and environment. Hailing from Visakhapatnam, Anusha is a social media buff and a passionate foodie. If not reporting, you will always find her travelling.

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