Twenty two-year old P Nishit, son of Andhra Pradesh municipal administration minister P Narayana, was driving home in a Mercedez Benz car around 3am when he tried to negotiate a turn on a partially inundated road and hit a metro rail pillar, police said.
The incident occurred in the posh Jubilee Hills area that had plunged in darkness at the time as power lines had snapped, and large chunks of the road were under water, sources added. It wasn’t immediately clear if he was drunk .
According to Jubilee Hills police inspector S Venkat Reddy, Nishit and his friend Raja Ravi Varma suffered serious injuries. Local residents rushed them to the Apollo Hospitals, where they were declared brought dead.
Nishit is the director of Narayana Group of Institutions, which produces several engineering and medical students every year.
The minister, who was visiting London, rushed to Hyderabad. He is expected to land in Chennai in the evening and from there, he would go to Nellore, where the last rites of his son would be performed on Thursday.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhara Rao and several others expressed shock and extended condolences to the bereaved family.
The unseasonal rain, coupled with thunder and hailstorm, wreaked havoc across the city and brought traffic to a standstill as people struggled to wade through knee and waist-deep water in several areas.
Hailstones as big as cricket balls caused extensive damage to vehicles and glass panes of several houses. Gales with a speed reaching up to 100 km per hour uprooted trees and electric poles at many parts of the city. Several billboards and flexes were torn apart.
The upscale areas of Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Madhapur, Punjagutta, Ameerpet, Yousufguda, Khairatabad, Begumpet and Secunderabad, were marooned. Trees and electric poles were uprooted at several places. Power supply was stopped in several areas for hours. As a precautionary measure, electrical lines were deactivated in many places.
There were reports of vehicles getting stranded on roads for hours together. On Raj Bhavan road, a truck overturned causing injuries to one person. There were no reports of any other casualties from any parts of the city.
An electric pole collapsed on the Taj Krishna road at Erramanzil, electric wires snapped at GTS Colony near TS Genco Office, and several trees fell on major roads.
In the old city, heavy rain resulted in disruption of power in Saidabad, Madannapet , Yakutpura areas.
Municipal administration and urban development minister KT Rama Rao directed Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to deploy emergency teams in different areas across the city. He also appealed to people to call 100 or 040-2111-1111 in emergency.
According to Met department sources, the reason for the rain was a trough extending from the North Vidarbha region in Maharashtra to South Tamil Nadu across Telangana and Rayalaseema. The weather conditions will continue for another 48 hours.