Rains, lightning strikes claim 19 lives in Karnataka
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Last Updated: Friday, April 15, 2011, 21:58
Bangalore: At least 19 people have died in lightning strikes and house collapses triggered by pre-monsoon rains in various parts of Karnataka in the past four days, officials on Friday said.

While lightning claimed 16 lives, house collapses due to heavy rains left three persons dead, revenue officials said.

Two persons working in a farm in Dyvarahalli in Bangalore Rural district were struck dead by lightning today.

Hassan district accounted for maximum of three deaths due to lightning strikes followed by Bangalore Rural, Shimoga, Chamarajanagar and Haveri (two each) and Ramanagara, Bellary, Bagalkot, Dharwad and Gadag one each.

House collapses killed two persons in Ramanagara and one in Udupi, the officials said.

In Yembhatahalli in Bijapur district, about 35 houses were damaged in the heavy rains, but no casualties were reported, they said.

"Thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and rains sometimes is very much part of pre-monsoon activity during March-May. Lightning especially is a weather-related activity which is highly localised. While Bangalore city may be hot, 50 km away there might be thunderstorm," said Director of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre V S Prakash.

There were at least 50 lightning-related deaths every year in the state during pre-monsoon months, he said.


First Published: Friday, April 15, 2011, 21:58

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