Thunderstorm accompanied by rain brought respite from long spell of scorching heat to a large swath of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday evening, but also turned killer for two women Railway employees, besides injuring 13 others in Bina town of Sagar district.
A group of gang men were engaged in track laying related work of the rail route in Bina in the evening when thunderstorm and rain forced them to take shelter under an adjoining wall.
Suddenly the wall collapsed killing two women on the spot and injuring 13 others, GRP Bina in charge Kuldeep Khatri said.
All the injured workers of the Railways have been admitted at the Railway Hospital in Bina, where some of them are stated critical. Some of them have been referred to Bhopal for advanced treatment.
Thunderstorm and shower, meanwhile, brought respite to large swath of MP, which has been reeling under sweltering heat for last few days.
According to state meteorological office in Bhopal, rain was reported from Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Gwalior, Ratlam and other districts of MP.
Earlier on Tuesday, showers had lashed other parts of MP, including Satna and Rewa districts.
State Met director Anupam Kashyapi termed the thunderstorm and rain as normal pre-monsoon shower which takes place in May. He said that the rain activity was triggered by moisture incursion from the Arabian Sea via Gujarat and Maharashtra. Upper air cyclonic circulation over North West MP further strengthened the phenomenon.
He added that similar rain activity is likely to continue in the second week of May.