Lightning kills six; heavy rain, hailstorm damage Rabi crops in MP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 18:28 IST

Unseasonal and heavy rainfall and hailstorm over the past few days in Gwalior-Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh has led to extensive damage to Rabi crops. Moreover, six people died in the region when they were struck by the lightning during rainfall.

Damage to crops at some places was estimated to be 80 per cent.

The standing crops of wheat, gram, mustard and green peas have been badly affected in the region even as Monday remained largely free from the fury of rain and hailstorm. In the past couple of days, Bhind experienced 120.5 mm rainfall as it rained continuously on Saturday and Sunday.

During the period, lightning in different villages of Bhind and Gwalior claimed six lives. In Udotgarh village in Bhind, 18-year-old Upendra Singh, who was a Class 12 student, was killed when lightning struck him while he was taking a buffalo tied in the open to a shed when it started raining.

Mithilesh Kushwah of Bajariya village in Bhind district also died when lightning struck her during the rainfall while she was fetching water. Sukhu Baghel, 50, a resident of Chhoti Rahwali village, also died in a similar fashion while he was returning home with his wife.

In Kamthari village of Morena, Dheer Singh was killed when lightning struck him when he was working in his fields. Raju Adivasi of village Khajuri and Rinki Gurjar of Madhopura village in Morena district also died after being struck by lightning.

Bhind and Morena administration said apart from the six deaths, scores of cattle and livestock were also killed in the lightning, heavy rainfall and hailstorm.

Principal secretary, revenue, Arun Tiwari, said the districts of Rajgarh, Neemuch, Betul and Vidisha were the worst-affected due to hailstorms. He said a maximum of 230 villages had been affected in Rajgarh followed by 100 in Neemuch, 45 in Betul and 40 in Vidisha.

Meanwhile, director of meteorological department, Bhopal, Anupam Kashyapi, said: "The latest round of rainfall was the result of the confluence of eastern disturbance with the western disturbance." He, however, said 85% of clouds over the state would disappear by Tuesday.

Kashyapi predicted rainfall and hailstorm at some places in eastern parts of MP, including Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Dindori, Shahdol, Umaria, Katni, Rewa and Sidhi districts.

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