HYDERABAD: Residents gather on a flooded street outside their homes following heavy rains in Hyderabad yesterday. – AFP

MUMBAI: Heavy rains have killed at least 12 people in southern India and caused widespread flooding in the city Hyderabad, home to major IT companies and startups, government officials said yesterday. A wall collapsed killing nine people in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern state of Telangana, while the other three were killed in separate incidents, they said. Torrential rain also battered the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh.

Many parts of Hyderabad had received more than 25 cm (10 inches) of rainfall over the past 24 hours, a government official said, while floodwater inundated main roads and caused widespread chaos. Authorities in Hyderabad declared a holiday yesterday and today and asked residents to stay indoors.

Residents posted pictures of waterlogged homes, offices and streets on Twitter. "Heavy to very heavy" rain was expected in the neighboring Maharashtra state today, the India Meteorological Department said in its daily forecast. The rains have damaged rice paddies and other crops such as corn, cotton, and pulses, traders said, but they said it was too early to assess the full extent of crop losses. - Reuters