Two die, four injured as squall wreaks havoc in Amritsar

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 30, 2016 22:40 IST
The collapsed roof a shanty after sudden rain and hailstorm in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Two persons were killed and four were injured as torrential winds and rain lashed the holy city in the wee hours of Monday. Ranjit Yadav, 40, was killed after the roof of his shanty collapsed at Islamabad area. The other death was reported from Chheharta area. The deceased has been identified as Kunan Singh, 70.

The four injured were admitted in a private hospital in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

The rain and hailstorm that started around 3am left a trail of destruction across the city. The 115 km/hour high-velocity winds resulted in uprooting of trees and electricity poles.

A cop trying to cross a sign board that collapsed at Kitchlew Chowk flyover outside deputy commissioner office in Amritsar on Monday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Airport, roadways workshop damaged

Parts of the rooftop of the airport terminal blew away due to the wind. The wind also overturned a few training planes. The airport authorities, however, were able to clear the congestion. “We acted swiftly and cleared the congestion in time,” said airport director Venkateshwar Rao. At the Punjab Roadways workshop near Durgiana Temple, sheds fell damaging two buses.

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