Hyderabad, Oct 10: The Ramanthapur lake in Hyderabad was overflowing days after heavy rains lashed the city. The residents were left to use boats for transport as water from the lake entered the colonies around and even people’s houses.Also Read - Uttarakhand CM Dhami Announces Aid of Rs 4 Lakhs for Kins of Deceased on Rain-related Incidents; IMD Issues Orange Alert Issued for Kerala

The Ramanthapur lake is surrounded by three residential areas – Ravindra Nagar Colony, Laxmi Nagar Colony and Sai Chitra Nagar Colony. All three colonies are completely inundated and some residents have been forced to lock their homes and leave. Also Read - 45-Foot-Tall Eco-Friendly Idol of Goddess Durga Installed at Pandal in Hyderabad | See Pics

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Residents say that there is knee-deep sewage water on the streets as well as in many houses. They say there is foul smell in the water and fear it may lead to the spread of diseases.

Reports say those who have not been able to leave the area are mostly senior citizens who cannot make their way through the high level of water. People are now using boats to rescue these residents.

Meanwhile, water has also entered the only hospital located in the area, forcing authorities to discharge all patients. Hospital authorities say there is no food or water at the hospital and all patients have been asked to leave.

Water has entered at least 200 houses in the area and the civic authorities have begun rescue and relief operations. They say while rains led to overflowing of the lake, illegal construction on the banks is also one of the reasons.