BANGALORE: Heavy rain lashed several parts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday killing two, uprooting trees and damaging houses and vehicles.
In HD Kote taluk of Mysore, two people were killed and four injured in lightning strike at Shiramalli village on Wednesday. All the injured were admitted to the government hospital in HD Kote town. They were struck by lightning when they were standing under a tree after the rain.
Heavy rain also lashed Chinthamani taluk in Chikballapur on Tuesday night and Hassan city on Wednesday. Residents in low-lying areas had a tough time as drain water entered the houses.
Heavy rain accompanied by lightning and gusty winds, lashed various parts of Shimoga city on Wednesday evening, throwing normal life out of gear.
The rain started around 4.30 pm and poured for more than half-an-hour. Two autorickshaws, a car and two motorcycles were damaged when trees fell on them. Five people sustained minor injuries. Flexes, hoardings and banners put up in several places were damaged or torn apart due to the wind.
Rain and heavy wind has been battering Chikmagalur district for the last four days. In the second week of this month, there was widespread rain all over the district.
The temperature has been soaring every morning since Monday, but in the afternoon it gives way to cloudy weather, followed by heavy rain.
On Wednesday afternoon, a huge tree fell across the busy Post Office road, leading to traffic congestion for more than an hour.
Belgaum city saw heavy rain on Wednesday evening bringing life to a standstill. It also brought down the temperature from 35 to 32 degree Celsius. The recent spell also brought some relief from the water scarcity problem in Raibagh, Savadatti and Ramdurg taluks.
Raichur district received widespread rain on Tuesday. The highest rainfall was recorded in Sirwar of Manvi taluk.