Untimely rain kills four as lightning strike in Yavatmal

Yavatmal: Sudden thunder and lightning killed four persons injuring many after untimely rains lashed in many parts of the district including Umarkhed, Mahagaon, Darwha here on Sunday evening.

Officials said, the incident took place at village Veni in Mahagaon tehsil of Yavatmal district this afternoon, after lightening struck four people who took shelter under a tree during rain.

The injured were admitted to Pusad Government Hospital and their condition was stable, said resident Deputy Collector of Yavatmal, Narendra Fulzele.

The deceased were identified as Prabhakar Narayan Jadhav (45), Laxman Ramesh Chopde (20), Pandit D H (40) and Anil Vishnu Sagurle (26), all residents of Veni.

Some part of the district witnessed hailstorm which includes Dariyapur, Uchegaon and Sevadas Nagar in Darwha tehsil. Seven goats were killed in Darwha due to heavy rains and hailstorm. In many areas crops were damaged by rains.