Jamshedpur, May 8: One man died and scores of people were injured, as lighting strikes hit several parts of Jamshedpur and neighbouring areas on Monday evening. While some of the victims were passing through the road on their two-wheelers, others had taken shelter under trees.
A major incident was averted after lightning struck overhead electric (OHE) wire at around 4.45 pm while Duronto Express was passing through the Tatanagar Railway Loco crossing. Several trains including the Duranto, Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani and Jan Shatabdi stuck.
A freak thunderstorm on Monday wreaked havoc across the city, with zinc roofs blown away and trees being uprooted.
Lightning killed one Santosh Ram in Kudada, Sundernagar after violent storms and heavy rains lashed Jamshedpur on Monday evening while a woman was reported injured. Lightning strikes are relatively common in India during the pre monsoon showers.
The thunderstorm effect was so severe that several trees were uprooted around the city. Two men on their two-wheeler (JH05AA/0507) were severely injured as tree fell on them near Bistupur post office as they were passing through the road connecting Sakchi to Bistupur. Both the injured have been admitted to TMH.
In another incident a big tree was uprooted near the exit gate of Jubilee park which injured a woman severely. She was soon rushed to MGM hospital. There have been reports that trees damaged several cars parked after the thunderstorm.
Although rains brought respite from the heat, strong thunderstorm damaged a lot of property in some parts of Jamshedpur.
Several parts of the city plunged into darkness following the thunderstorm accompanied by rain. The change of weather threw life out of gear disrupting power supply to several non company command areas.
The road traffic in road connecting Bistupur and Sakchi, jubilee park road and Straight Mile Road was affected as trees fell causing inconvenience to commuters. As many people were leaving office for home were struck in traffic jam as the authorities took time to remove the trees that fell on the roads.
However, Fire brigade workers were seen removing the branches of the tree which fell on the road near Bistupur Post. There would have been a major incident on the same road as several fruits and vegetable vendors sit at the side of the road from morning till late evening.
Hoardings opposite the postal park and Sakchi roundabout were also blown away. The changed weather however brought relief from hot and dry condition that prevailed in the day.