Six people were killed in rain-related mishaps in Jhalwar, Baran and Udaipur districts of the state. The sudden change in the weather also affected election campaign across the state which were cancelled and postponed amidst the dust storm and hail storm. It has also affected the farmers badly since at many places in eastern and western Rajasthan the harvested crops lying in the farms were damaged.
Lightning and dust storm on Tuesday claimed at least five lives in Jawar and Bakani police station areas of Jhalawar district and in Bhanwargarh police station of Baran district.
Ravi Lodha (6) and his cousin Anjana (12), residents of Samrola village under Jawar police station of Jhalawar district were killed on the spot after being struck by lightning at 4.30 pm. The incident took place while they were running towards a shade in the field.
In another case, Jagannath Sahariya (16), a resident of Desnwa village under Bhanwargarh police station of Baran district, was killed on the spot in similar fashion at his farms. Jagannath was a farmer who spent last night in the farm to guard the harvested crop lying in the fields. Similarly, two sisters, identified as Shivani Lodha (12) and Manni (9) were killed after the tin shade and wall of a house collapsed where they were sleeping in Bakani area. Bad weather also played a spoilsport to the election rallies and campaigns across the state. At Dausa, chief minster Ashok Gehlot had to cancel his rally. The stage which was readied for rally also fell down amidst heavy rainfall and dust storm while no one was at the spot. A youth was killed due to lightning strike in Sailana village of Jhadol block of the district. Also banners, hoarding and large trees fell down due to high velocity winds in the evening.
At Jaipur, heavy rainfall and winds with velocity of 40 to 50 km/hour were witnessed in the evening. At many places, trees were uprooted and abrupt power cuts were witnessed. Change in weather also played spoilsport to some of the flights at the Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur airport due to which their operations were hit. Half-a-dozen flights to Jaipur got delayed landing, while three flights had a delayed take off.