Unseasonal rain and hailstorm in Gujarat, 17 dead due to lightning; Meteorological Department issued alert
Gujarat: Unseasonal rain and hailstorms in Gujarat disrupted life. During this period, at least 17 people died due to lightning. Not only this, crops have also been affected. Three deaths occurred in Dahod district and two in Bharuch district due to lightning. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rain and hailstorms on November 27.
Unseasonal rain and hailstorms occurred at most places in Gujarat including Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, and Rajkot on Sunday. During this period, at least 17 people died due to lightning. Not only this, crops have also been affected. Three deaths occurred in Dahod district and two in Bharuch district due to lightning.
Apart from this, one person each died in the districts of Amreli, Surendranagar, Mehsana, Botad, Panchmahal, Kheda, Sabarkantha, Surat, Tapi and Ahmedabad. There was a sudden drastic change in the weather in the state on Sunday. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rain and hailstorms on November 27.
According to data compiled by the State Emergency Operations Centre, 220 of Gujarat's 251 talukas received up to 50 mm of rain between 6 am and 4 pm on Sunday, disrupting normal life and causing damage to crops. Visibility was also low due to rain. Traffic was also affected by this. Talala in Gir Somnath district recorded the highest rainfall of 50 mm.
Apart from this, other areas of Saurashtra like Vanthali of Junagadh recorded 43 mm of rain, and Dasada of Surendranagar recorded 36 mm of rain. Officials said that the ceramic industry was also affected due to the closure of factories in the Morbi district of Saurashtra region.
On the other hand, some parts of Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu also received heavy rain on Sunday. Rain and storm warnings had already been issued by the Meteorological Department in parts of Tamil Nadu. IMD has also predicted a storm with heavy rain at many places in Maharashtra during the next few hours. According to the Meteorological Department, there are chances of heavy rain in the Palghar, Dhule, and Nandurbar districts.