Eight killed in Andhra rains

HYDERABAD - At least eight persons including five in Telangana districts died due to lightning strikes and electrocution in Andhra Pradesh, which has been experiencing sudden spells of unseasonal rains in several parts in the past couple of days.

By (P S Jayaram)

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Published: Mon 18 Feb 2013, 9:01 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:31 PM

According to sources in the state disaster management department, three persons died due to lightning strikes in Nizamabad district while two persons were electrocuted in Karimnagar and Warangal districts on Saturday evening.

Three deaths were also reported from Guntur district when farmers returning home from work were struck by lightning. The heavy unseasonal rains also damaged standing crops including maize, jowar, sunflower and tobacco in over 20,000 hectares in the four Telangana districts of Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Adilabad and Medak, the sources said.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is in New Delhi in connection with the two-day conclave of chief ministers and state Congress presidents, reviewed the situation with State Chief Secretary Minnie Mathews and directed her to depute officials to assess crop damage and the situation in the affected areas. Similarly, Revenue Minister Raghuveera Reddy and Agriculture Minister Kanna Laxminarayana also held review meetings with top officials to take stock of the situation.


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