A shepherd, Mallaiah, and four of his sheep were killed when lightning struck them at Ayyapalli village in Lingampet mandal on Tuesday evening. The 23-year-old was grazing his sheep on the fields on the outskirts of the village when the mishap occurred.

Meanwhile, gales and hailstorm lashed Tadwai, Lingampet, Nagireddipet, Gandari and Yellareddi mandals in the evening resulting in paddy crop damage in an extent of 600 acres. Some 700 quintals of paddy was also damaged at agriculture market yard in Kamareddi due to rain.