Hyderabad: Heavy winds accompanied by rains claimed two lives, including that of a six-year-old child, in the State capital on Monday evening. The force of the winds was such that one of the four floodlight towers at Lal Bahadur Stadium was uprooted, instantly killing a person and injuring another.
The extremely windy conditions across Hyderabad just lasted a few minutes, but left a trail of destruction. Reports of trees and electricity poles getting uprooted and falling in the middle of the road and obstructing traffic came in from several locations in Hyderabad.
According to GHMC officials, T Satya Subrahmanyam, Superintendent, GST Hyderabad, was killed and his colleague M Ramesh was injured when the floodlight tower installed at the tennis court end in the LB stadium collapsed around 8 p.m. Both were rushed to Care Hospitals, Nampally where doctors declared Satya Subrahmanyam as brought dead. According to doctors, Ramesh, another GST employee, suffered fractures in the legs and is said to be out of danger.
Shed caves in
In another incident, a six-year-old boy, Navneet Raju, died when a shed caved in a penthouse in Shankarnagar at Chaderghat. Trees got uprooted at Secunderabad Military Hospital, Old Alwal, Tarnaka, Cancer hospital, Banjara Hills, and Vengalrao Park.
In the city, the highest wind speed of 25 kmph was recorded in Lakdikapul, while the highest rainfall of 18.5 mm was recorded in Malkajgiri. West Marredpally and Qutbullapur received 15 mm rainfall, said an official from Telangana State Development Planning Society. A portion of the third floor in the GHMC head office was damaged and window panes on the fifth, sixth and seventh floor were damaged due to heavy wind. The canopy in the north stand of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal was also blown away by the winds.
There were also reports of power upsurge in a few parts of Secunderabad, which led to power outages in a clutch of residential colonies. Widespread power shutdowns were also reported from several regions of the capital due to heavy winds and thundershowers. GHMC received 40 different complaints from many areas. All the eight teams of Disaster Response Force, GHMC, rushed to the affected areas and cleared the uprooted trees and water stagnation to ensure free flow of traffic.
Complaints poured in from different areas on water stagnation, including Lalapet, Laxminagar, Tarnaka and Secunderabad. Traffic on several stretches was affected and power supply was disrupted in many areas across the city. At a few places, including Secunderabad Club, Shivam road, electric poles fell down, disrupting power supply and affecting traffic movement. The Hyderabad MET authorities said that rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night on Tuesday.
Thunderstorms lash parts of State
Two people were killed as thunderstorms lashing different parts of Telangana continued to wreak havoc on Monday.
A 30-year-old part-time agricultural worker, Gopi, who owned a tractor and worked for other farmers, was killed after being struck by lightning while tilling a field with his tractor in his village, Kurumurthy, in CC Kunta mandal of Mahabubnagar district. Gopi, a father of two, was pursuing a Masters in Science degree and worked for other farmers to earn an income, it was learnt.
In the second incident, a tenant farmer was killed after being struck by a lightning bolt in Tadicherla village of Malharrao mandal in Jayashankar-Bhupalapally district on Monday morning. He was identified as 32-year-old Kappala Kumara Swamy. He had gone to the paddy field when he was struck by lightning that killed him on the spot. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Meanwhile, strong winds coupled with heavy rain took people of Wanaparthy and Mahabubnagar districts by surprise on Monday evening. Heavy winds lashed many parts of Wanaparthy district, causing damage to unharvested paddy crops and also soaking paddy which was taken to market yards. Farmers at the Madanapuram market yard complained that despite instructions from Minister for Agriculture and Marketing S Niranjan Reddy to ensure availability of tarpaulin sheets to protect paddy brought to the market yard from rains, market officials did not do so, that resulted in the paddy getting soaked in the rain.
“Had they weighed our paddy in time and purchased it, this situation wouldn’t have arisen. Now we have to dry this for another 3-4 days but will not get a decent price,” said Sharada, a farmer from Tirunapally village. Another farmer from the same village said there was a severe shortage of tarpaulin covers and there was no one to distribute the available ones when they needed them.
Meanwhile, Jadcharla town and the surrounding areas were hit by a hailstorm. In Nagaram village of Devarkadra mandal, paddy which was dried on the roads was washed away due to hail storm and heavy rain. There were also reports that similar weather prevailed in Jogulamba Gadwal district on Monday evening.