BHOPAL, MARCH 1O, 2006
Heavy rains, thunderstorms and lightning claimed the lives of at least 46 persons and injured several others besides damaging rabi crops across 30 districts in Madhya Pradesh over the last four days.
The meteorological department is warning of more hailstorms and thundersqualls in the state during the next 24 hours.
The death toll caused by hailstones and lightning, which stood at 29 yesterday, rose to 46 as reports of more casualties poured in from several districts. Last night three persons were killed by lightning in the Berasia and Nazeerabad districts Bhopal.
Two persons died in Indore and Jhabua districts after their houses were caved by unseasonal rains. Lightning killed three people in Dhana village (Sagar district), two in Paikunda and Kukshi towns (Dhar district), two each in Rajgarh and Chhatarpur district and one near Barwah in Khargone district.
As the rains lashed the state causing extensive damage to the rabi crop and destroying livestock in over 30 districts, more than 1,500 houses were flattened and a large number of trees were blown down, bringing down power lines, causing blackouts and blocking roads.