Representative imageVISAKHAPATNAM: Lightning strikes on Sunday resulted in the death of two agricultural labourers — Vadrevu Baburao (50) and Kola Venkata Ramana (45) — of Kandrakota village in East Godavari’s Peddapuram mandal. “The deceased went to the agriculture fields at J.Timmapuram village wherein they died of the lightening before heavy rains” the Peddapuram revenue officials said.
The area experienced heavy rainfall along with places in West Godavari which received heavy to very heavy showers. The spell of rain came as a result of low pressure forming over the Bay of Bengal, along the Andhra Pradesh coast, as was predicted by India Meteorological Department (IMD) earlier. Tanuku in West Godavari received 180mm rainfall while several pockets in Vizag city experienced light to moderate rain.
In another incident, a man is believed to have drowned in a canal at at Suddhagadda in Prattipadu and a search operation is underway. In Rayalaseema, a motorcycle was washed away in a flooding canal at Chenchugudempalem village of Rudravaram mandal. Meanwhile, irrigation officials released nearly 1.4 lakh cusecs of water from Srisailam reservoir to catchment areas of Krishna river and surrounding areas.