Thunderstorm: Lightning strikes kill three in Telangana

Unfortunately, three people lost their lives, in two separate incidents after they were struck by lightning.

By Author   |   State Bureau   |   Published: 2nd Oct 2017   7:33 pm Updated: 2nd Oct 2017   11:45 pm
Hyderabad Rains

Hyderabad: Several parts of the State were lashed by a spell of moderate to heavy rainfall, accompanied with thunderstorm activity in some places, on Monday evening.

Unfortunately, three people lost their lives, in two separate incidents after they were struck by lightning. In the first incident Shekamma, 45, and her son Chandrakanth, 22, were killed as lightning struck them at Adienda village of Narayanakhed mandal.

Apart from bringing down the temperatures the sudden rainfall also managed to bring down the rainfall deficit across the State to 10 per cent.

Even the capital city Hyderabad was lashed by heavy rains on Monday evening.

“There is heavy thunderstorm activity taking place over the State. Under its influence, there is heavy rainfall lashing the State. This particular system might influence the weather over the State for the next 24 hours,” said Dr YK Reddy, director, IMD Hyderabad.

Apart from the thunderstorm activity, there was also a monsoon trough spanning over the State which aided the formation of cumulonimbus clouds.

That’s not all; the heavy showers also placed five districts out of their deficits and made them rainfall surplus States.

According to details procured from the Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), the highest rainfall was received in the Jogulamba-Gadwal district with an astounding excess to the tune of 43 per cent.

This district, since the start of the monsoon — on June 1 — has received 562.4 mm of rainfall as against a normal of 394.3 millimetres.

Officials from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Hyderabad office, predicted that there were chances of heavy rainfall over the State for the next 24 hours as well.

According to meteorologists, the trough brought moisture content along with it, and since it was considerably hot in the morning — figuring around 33 degrees Celsius — in many parts of the State, the formation of clouds was hastened.

When the surface is heated by the sun, the air above the surface is also heated.

The warm air then rises and the cold air begins to sink and this circulation plays a key role in the formation of severe thunderstorms.

Highest rainfall in Hyderabad: 

Rajendranagar: 83.8 mm
Amberpet: 70.3 mm
Asifnagar: 68.8 mm

Rainfall recorded in Telangana

Medchal-Malkajagiri district: 73.3 mm
Rangareddy district: 71.8 mm
Mahabubnagar district: 69.3 mm
Padamati Keshavapur (Jangaon):106.3 mm
Rajapet (Yadadri-Bhongir): 94.5 mm
Bhongir (Yadadri-Bhongir): 83.5 mm
Vikarabad: 75.5 mm
Yadgirigutta (Yadadri-Bhongir):74.3 mm
Anantsagar (Sangareddy): 70 mm