Four persons died as rain wreaked havoc across Telangana on Friday evening. Heavy rain accompanied by gales led to the death of two persons in Hyderabad and two others died when lightning struck them in Medak district. Six cars were crushed as a unipole advertisement hoarding collapsed due to gusty winds in the State capital.
Heavy rain, accompanied by gales that hit Medak and Karimnagar districts on Thursday night and Friday afternoon left a trail of destruction. One Durgaiah (28) of Basvapur village in Pulkal mandal who had taken shelter under a tree died when lightning struck him. In another incident, one Saujanya (16) of Bakrichepyal village in Siddipet mandal also died when lightning struck her.
Many places in Medak district received heavy rain and out of the five cattle sheds established at Sultanpur in Narayuanakhed, four were damaged completely making the cattle shelterless.
One Dasu of Kagazmaddur was seriously injured in the strong winds, while eight goats perished. About 100 electric poles were uprooted and roofs of several poultry farms were blown away. Sangareddy town went without power for a long time on Friday due to the rain.
Sudden rain and gales wreaked havoc in Huzurabad region of Karimnagar district causing severe loss to the farming community. Several trees and electric poles got uprooted in Huzurabad. Power supply was disrupted for more than five hours due to a technical snag at the Durshed sub-station on the outskirts of Karimnagar town.
A furious thunderstorm lasting barely a few minutes roared through Hyderabad city on Friday evening uprooting hundreds of trees, snapping electric cables, bringing down billboards and leaving a trail of destruction. Two deaths were reported in the aftermath of the storm in the southern parts of the city. The Met Department recorded 14mm of rain and winds gusting at above 60km/hour.
In Jahangir Nagar near Bhavaninagar, a plumber Ahmed bin Ibrahim died when a water tank fell on him, his brother sustained serious injuries. In another incident, Yellaiah (28) died in a wall collapse incident.
Such was the fury of the storm that plastic chairs of shopkeepers flew in the air near Charminar. Rows of parked cars were flattened when an advertisement billboard fell on them in Banjara Hills and near State Secretariat.
Power supply was disrupted in many parts of the capital as the sudden storm caught the electricity department unprepared. Minutes after the storm, the power utility’s twitter handle @TsspdclCorporat pushed out information about disruptions in various localities showing most areas of western, eastern and central zones bore the brunt of the storm.
Over 107 trees fell on electric lines, 13-33KV feeders, 171- 11KV feeders were damaged temporarily and over 194 electric poles were twisted out of shape by the storm accompanied by thunder and lightning.
A spell of hailstorm was also reported from Karkhana and Vikrampuri areas in northern parts of the city.
Cellphone services of a particular network were also disrupted.