A 19-year-old pedestrian died and another injured after a roadside tree fell on them during a downpour in Thane, Maharashtra, a municipal corporation official said on Wednesday. The incident occurred on late Tuesday night when Aaman Liaquat Shaikh and Roopchand Jaiswal were standing near a bus stop in the area.
While Aaman Liaquat Shaikh succumbed to his injuries, Roopchand Jaiswal is recuperating at the hospital, according to the official. The official said at least a dozen trees fell within the city limits due to heavy rains accompanied by strong winds, but no report of injuries to anyone are received.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued warning of thunderstorms from October 7 onwards for parts of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra. Some other districts of the state like Ahmednagar, Pune, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Solapur could face similar weather from Wednesday onwards, an IMD official said. "Parts of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra are likely to be hit by thunderstorms between Monday and Saturday. Nashik and other districts in North Maharashtra may face gusty winds followed by heavy rainfall in short time from Monday onwards," the official said. Nashik, incidentally, received heavy showers in the second half of Sunday, leaving some areas there water-logged.
The IMD said Marathwada and Vidarbha regions are likely to receive heavy rainfall accompanied by gusty winds and thunder on October 11 and 12. "Farmers should cover harvested crop or shift it to sheds to avoid damage. People should avoid taking shelter under trees or stand near electricity and metal poles," the official added.
(INPUTS FROM PTI)