At least nine people, including a two-month-old child, were killed and four others injured late on Tuesday night after a part of a large boundary wall collapsed in Hyderabad’s Old City area after heavy rain, reported Hindustan Times.
Falaknuma Assistant Commissioner of Police MA Majeed told the newspaper that the wall collapsed around 11 pm. He added that massive granite blocks from a compound wall fell on around 10 houses.
“Two houses were badly damaged and nine persons died on the spot,” Majeed said. “They include five victims in one family and four others from different families. Four persons sustained serious injuries and are undergoing treatment at Owaisi hospital.”
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he was conducting an inspection in the area when the wall collapse happened. “I was at a spot inspection in Mohammedia Hills, Bandlaguda where a private boundary wall fell resulting in death of 9 people and injuring 2,” he tweeted. “On my [way] from there, I gave a lift to stranded bus passengers in Shamshabad, now I’m on my way to Talabkatta and Yesrab Nagar.”
The police have filed a first information report against the owner of the property, where the boundary wall collapsed, for causing death due to negligence, The Times of India reported.
Telangana has received heavy rain over the last few days. At least 14 districts of the state have been affected by the incessant downpour, according to News 18.
Videos on social media from Hyderabad show cars being swept away by floodwater. The videos were taken in Saroornagar area, according to NDTV.
The authorities opened the floodgates of the Himayat Sagar dam on Tuesday night after water levels began rising. The dam supplies water to Hyderabad.
Heavy rain has killed 20 people in the state in the last 48 hours, according to NDTV.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation urged the residents not to step out of their houses unless there is an emergency.