Staff Reporter

Gales disrupt power supply, uproot trees

Farmers allege damage to paddy

NALGONDA: A spell of unexpected rain that lashed several parts of the district in the wee hours of Saturday brought the much-needed respite to the people from sweltering heat conditions in the district.

According to official sources, the district recorded 9.9 mm rainfall. Nalgonda received 5.5 cm rainfall. Power supply was disrupted and trees uprooted at various places in the district under the impact of the rain and strong gales.

Unconfirmed reports said dozens of sheep were killed in lightning at different places in Miryalaguda and Suryapet divisions.

While the unexpected showers proved beneficial for several farmers of water starved horticultural plants, the drizzle reportedly caused damage to paddy stocks at the agriculture market yard in Miryalaguda, sources added.

Several farmers at Miryalaguda market yard alleged that their paddy stocks were drenched due to the showers on Friday midnight. They blamed the alleged slow purchase of paddy at the market yard for the incident.

Charges denied

When contacted, market yard secretary Mohd. Abdul Javed denied the allegations. Adequate tarpaulins were distributed to the farmers as a precautionary measure to protect their stocks from rain, he said. Meanwhile, Assistant Director of Horticulture Sarojini Devi said the rain would prove immensely beneficial for the horticultural crops like sweet lime (Battai) and mangoes.