Scores of trees and electric poles uprooted

A class IV student, Pranay, 10, and Venkataramana, 35, a clerk in a single window at Desaipet village were killed and a number of persons including students were injured following gales and a hailstorm that occurred in and around Banswada town on Monday evening.

Pranay died on the spot, while his four other classmates including Sai sustained serious injuries when their classroom wall in a private high school in which they were studying collapsed.

The injured were shifted to district headquarters hospital where Sai’s condition was reported to be serious.

Son of Surender, an employee in the electricity department, Pranay was buried alive as the wall caved in. Venkataramana died as a hotel roof fell on him when he rushed into it to shield himself from the hailstorm while going to his native place, Pocharam village, after duty hours.

Meanwhile, the strong winds that blew for just 15 minutes between 4.30 p.m. and 4.45 p.m. in the town left devastation as a number of huge trees and electricity polls were uprooted.

Rooftops of many houses and fuel filling stations were flung far off and auto rickshaws parked by the roadside overturned due to the impact of the gales.

The town plunged into darkness and authorities felt it would be difficult to restore power within 24 hours as many wires were snapped.

Full details of damages caused by hailstorms were not immediately available, but preliminary reports said that it destroyed the mango flowering enormously across the district. One woman who was working in a field in the mandal and an ox elsewhere were reportedly struck by lightning.

A 25-minute spell of heavy rain accompanied with strong gales on Monday evening in and around Adilabad town uprooted scores of trees and electric poles disrupting normal life.

The rainfall, however, brought down the temperature considerably.

The storm, concentrated in Adilabad mandal, started at about 6 p.m. bringing traffic to a halt on the NH-7. Dried up branches of trees fell on roads thereby hindering traffic.

Electric poles were flattened at many places which made the Transco switch off power supply in the town and surrounding villages.

Telephonic communication in the district was also disrupted.

  • Rooftops of many houses and fuel filling stations flung off

  • A student of a private high school dies after classroom wall collapses