Bhopal: A high-intensity squall followed by thundershowers hit parts of Madhya Pradesh, leaving five persons, including a child dead and several others injured. The deaths were reported from Bhind, Satna and Singrauli districts.
Houses collapsed and trees and poles were uprooted in the storm that also led to power outages. A number of villages in Satna district plunged into darkness as electric poles fell down and HT supply line was disrupted following in entire pocket following high-intensity storm.
PS revenue Arun Kumar Pandey said that exact number of casualties is yet to be ascertained. SDOs of the district have been authorised to disburse ex-gratia Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased, he said. Detailed report of the disaster is awaited even as relief and rescue teams have been pressed into service to clear debris and restore power supply, officials said.
Meanwhile, even as hot weather prevailed in other parts of the state, the northeast region particularly received moderate to heavy shower. The weatherman has attributed it to the trough extending from Rajasthan to Northeast India across South Uttar Pradesh and adjoining Northeast Madhya Pradesh. Storm with thundershower is likely to hit districts including Balaghat, Mandla, Dindori, Anuppur, Shahdol, Seoni, Umaria, Katni, Jabapur, Chhindwara, Narsingpur, Singrauli, Sidhi, Rewa, Satna, Panna, Chhattarpur and Tikamgarh.
Eastern parts of state may also receive low intensity scattered rain which might is expected to bring temperature down. The region is likely to witness rains for next 24 hours and thereafter weather activities will reduce and after 48 hours temperatures will also start rising.
There was no respite for the denizens in the state capital from sweltering sweltering heat as maximum temperature hovered around 41.8 degree Celsius, similarly in Indore the maximum temperature was 41.2 degree Celsius. According to Meteorological department, pre-monsoon activities as well as hot weather are likely to continue in the state.