Six killed as heavy rains lash Telangana

Thunderstorm warning for Friday, Saturday.

Hyderabad: Heavy rain coupled with thunder, lightning and gusty winds, hit Telangana on Thursday, killing six persons, including a 7-year-old from the city. Four persons were struck by lightning, while hailstorms killed one in Warangal district. The thunderstorm is a result of a cyclone prevailing over central India and a depression over Lakshadweep. The state has been warned of a thunderstorm on Friday and Saturday.

Indravath Akhil, 7, at Karmanghat was playing on a swing tied to a tree near a temple in Anji Reddy Nagar, when he was hit by the flashes and found dead, said police. Lokesh, a standard 7 student near Hayath Nagar, was also reportedly killed, say police, after being struck by lightning.

While Karola Venkataiah, 46, from Chinnaumentyala village was in the open when lightning struck, two from Nalgonda - Buchi Reddy, 55, and Naresh, 17 - were found dead under a tree, where they took cover from the heavy rain. The intensity of gusty winds, estimated to be of a speed of up to 74 kmph, interrupted power supply at all pumping stations located at Manjeera, Krishna- Phase-I, II & III and Godavari. The water board has informed that water supply in Hyderabad on Friday will be delayed and some localities can expect short supply.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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