Heavy rain, accompanied by gusty winds, thunder and lightning, on late Sunday evening claimed two lives and damaged standing crops in hundreds of acres in three districts of Hyderabad Karnataka region.
In Ballari district, two persons were killed and 32 houses were also damaged.
K. Balamma (70) died of head injury after reportedly being hit by hailstorms in Vyasanakere village, while K. Bhavani (11) died in a house collapse at Mariyammanahalli village in Hospet taluk.
Paddy, banana, and sugarcane crops in hundreds of acres were damaged in Sirguppa, Hospet, Hagari Bommanahalli, and Ballari taluks. In Koppal district, two cattle heads were killed, five houses damaged and standing crops, including paddy and banana, were severely destroyed. The district recorded an average actual rainfall of 21.2 mm, with Kushtagi experiencing the highest rainfall of 30.4 mm. The Anegundi Utsav had to be concluded abruptly after it started raining. The backdrop of the main stage collapsed in the rain and people had to run helter-skelter to protect themselves.
In Yadgir district, 10 sheep and four cattle heads were killed besides damaging standing crops, including paddy, bajra and groundnut. There were also reports of haystacks reducing to ashes after being struck by lightning.
As over 300 electric poles fell down, there was no power in most villages. The work on restoration of power supply is going on in full swing.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Shivanand Karale told The Hindu that officials from Revenue and Agriculture departments had been asked to assess the extent of damage.