108 years after, Moosi deluge still haunts Hyderabadis

musi-riverHeavy rains left Hyderabad badly battered and several low-lying colonies have been inundated. There are hundreds of colonies where water logging has been heavy even now. At one point of time, citizens are wary of heavy floods, reminiscent of 1908.

Exactly on this day i.e September 28- hundred and eight years back, heavy floods of river Moosi devastated Hyderabad. Called as ‘The great Moosi deluge of 1908’ the floods have left a trail of destruction in entire old city that day. Historians describe the month September as ‘Sitamgar’ for the untold misery it brought. An estimated 7000 people were reported to have been perished marking the day as one of the most tragic days in the history of this great city.

The six hour long heavy downpour first struck the Puranpool and breached the west-side wall at around 2 am. The city was in deep sleep and by the time it woke up, the monster had enveloped the entire old city. Between 2 am and 6 am, the water level of the river rose to 10 feet and lashed the crown arch of Afzal bridge along the Kolsawadi, where Osmania General Hospital was built later. The water level continued to rise further and touched 16ft and overflown the walls of Puranpool, Afzal and chaderghat bridges.

The horror drove the hapless citizens to other parts but could not as the ravaging floods drowned them. In Kolsawadi alone, an estimated 2500 people were reported dead and several hundreds went missing. It was a big graveyard, according to historians. In a way, the deluge has changed the face of the city and provided a chance for a planned development of the areas and also

108 years later, the city is once again facing the prospect of heavy flooding because of the criminal neglect of past regimes. The Telangana government, headed by K Chandrasekhara Rao cracked the whip and in just two days, over 200 illegal encroachments over sewage lines, which were said to be the root cause of inundation.

Medaram Jathara

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