2 killed by lightning as incessant rains, hailstorm lash Kashmir

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/18/2019 2:03:35 PM

Fruit crops, vegetables damaged

SRINAGAR, June 17: Two persons, including an 18-year-old woman, were killed due to lightening in separate incidents in Bandipora and Ganderbal districts, officials said.
Fatima Bano (18), a resident of Najan village in Sumbal area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora died when she was struck by lightning outside her house, an official said.
Mohammad Yousuf Mir, a resident of Bakura area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal was struck by lightning while he was working in his field, an official said, adding that he died on the spot.
Hailstorm followed by incessant rain lashed summer capital, Srinagar, and other parts of Kashmir valley, resulting in damage to fruit crops and vegetables.
Meanwhile, a weather warning has been issued for Monday and Tuesday in the valley, according to which the Valley would experience isolated thundershowers and hailstorm with gusty winds with a speed of 30 to 40 km per hour.
A Met department spokesperson said that the weather will remain wet under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) during the next four days. “The maximum temperature is expected to dip below normal due to rain and overcast conditions in the valley,” he added.
Panic gripped Srinagar, particularly in Civil Lines and uptown due to strong winds, followed by hailstorm and heavy rain for about half-an-hour. Opening fields, gardens and roads turned white in area in Srinagar, where the temperature witnessed dip due to hailstorm and incessant rain. Majority of the roads were waterlogged in the city, resulting in difficulties for the pedestrian to move on the roads.
Wazwan being served to guests at a number of marriage functions also was affected due to rain and strong winds.



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