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Heavy rain, thunderstorm kill three, injure four in Jharkhand

In Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, high velocity winds accompanied by heavy rains uprooted several trees, causing water-logging and traffic jam.

ranchi Updated: May 20, 2018 19:21 IST
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Met officials said the thunderstorm and heavy rain was caused by the formation of pre-monsoon thunder cells, which burst over parts of Jharkhand.(PTI/Photo for representation)

At least three people were killed and several injured after lightning and thunderstorm hit parts of Jharkhand on Sunday afternoon. High velocity winds accompanied by heavy rains uprooted several trees in and around Ranchi, causing water-logging and traffic jam.

The deaths were reported from Ranchi, Simdega and Gumla districts. Ranchi Jagannathpur officer-in-charge Anup Kumar Karmakar said that an unidentified youth, who was taking shelter under a tree, died due to lightning in HEC Sahid Maidan of Ranchi.

One boy died while four others were injured due to thunderbolt in Kusum Toli of Gumla’s Ghagra block. The deceased was identified as Dhanvir Oraon, 10, and the injured were identified as Arti Kumar, Jyoti Kumari and Puja Kumari. Another death was reported from Thethaitangar village of Simdega district.

“The thunderstorm and heavy rain were caused by the formation of pre-monsoon thunder cells, which burst over parts of Jharkhand including Ranchi. It’s a temporary phenomena, the exact location of which cannot be predicted,” said BK Mandal, director of Ranchi IMD centre.

He said the wind speed over Ranchi in the afternoon was recorded at 60 kilometre per hour. “Weather condition is likely to improve on Monday with possibility of thundery development,” he said.

Ranchi alone received 54.4mm rainfall in just one-hour. Meteorological department, however, said that the weather condition would improve in next 24 hours.

The high speed wind uprooted a tree at Ranchi’s Club Road blocking the traffic. Similarly, A big tree fell on Ranchi-Tatisilwai road affecting traffic movement for a while. In Namkum vegetable market, several people had a close shave after a branch of large tree sudden fell in the market.

Heavy rain caused water logging in several localities of the capital city. The wind gusts above 60 km per hour brought the capital city to a standstill with roads and other public places wearing a deserted look.

The bad weather condition caused long-hour load shedding in most parts of the city.

However, the rain brought relief from the rising temperature. Most parts of Jharkhand were reeling between 38 and 42 degree Celsius. The thunder squall brought down the maximum temperature by two degree Celsius across the state.

First Published: May 20, 2018 19:09 IST