Lightning claims three lives in State

Lightning claims three lives in State

The house damaged in heavy rains and winds in Barkur of Brahmavar, Udupi district on Thursday. DH PhotoLakshminarasimhalu, a 35-year-old woman, was killed at Tuntapura Seemantara of Raichur taluk, while two others, Susheelamma and Hanumanthamma were injured.
Bheemappa Shantappa Hakkeri (28) was killed as lightning struck at Kadivala village of Kushtagi taluk in Koppal district. Mahadevi Yalaguragowda, a girl from the same village, was injured.

Sixteen-year-old Sunil Ningappa Madiyal was struck by lightning while he was in his farm in Midsoshi village of Hukkeri taluk in Belgaum. The district however did not record any heavy rain on Thursday.

The April showers in Karnataka have been well above normal, with the weatherman indicating that the State has become much cooler, especially in the last two to three days -- with the temperature dipping by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius.

The state as a whole has received 29.9 mm of rainfall, almost double the normal 14.8 mm rainfall received during April in the last 40 years. Barring Chikkaballapur, Bangalore Urban, Mandya, and Chamarajanagar, the remaining 26 districts have received above normal rainfall between April 7 and 21.

On Thursday, Tumkur (Hagalvadi in Gubbi taluk) and Bellary (Torangal in Sandur taluk) districts recorded highest rainfall of 67.5 mm and 65 mm, respectively.

In Mysore division, Mudigere in Chikamagalur has received 42 mm; in Belgaum division, Shirahatti in Gadag has received 39.5 mm; while in Gulbarga, Torangal has received the highest rainfall on Thursday.

Bangalore urban had recorded 31 mm rainfall, while Doddaballapur in Bangalore Rural received 62 mm rainfall. The city is expected to remain cloudy on Friday, while rains are expected between 3.30 pm and 8.30 pm.

Coastal districts

Several parts of coastal Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts also recorded good rainfall in the early hours of Thursday. Trees were uprooted due to the rain accompanied by winds in many places.

Several places were inundated as rains lashed Mangalore city from 5 am to 9 am. In Vitla of Bantwal taluk, there has been rain during the night over the past three days. Areca and plantain crops were destroyed in some farms.

A coconut tree fell on the house of Charles Furtado, damaging it in the process, following rain at Barkur Hanehalli in Udupi district.


The district has been receiving rainfall during the last four to five days. A house, belonging to Lakshmamma, was damaged during rain at Mallipatna in Arkalgud taluk on Wednesday night.

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Cell director V S Prakash, the pre-monsoon thunderstorm activity will continue for the next three to four days in the State, with the pattern varying from isolated to scattered and fairly widespread.

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