The India Meteorological Department (IMD) attributed the sudden change in atmosphere to induced cyclonic circulation over west Rajasthan and neighbouring areas. The weather department forecast fall in maximum temperature by 2-3°C across Gujarat for Wednesday which will be followed by gradual rise in temperature.
Manguben Rangpar (50), died after a tree fell on her while she was working in her farm on Tuesday noon. Rangpar ran for safety as rain with heavy winds lashed Padadhari. A tree, uprooted due to the gust, fell on Rangpar rendering her unconscious. She was rushed to the government hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.
Another death was reported from Girach village of Morbi where 55-year-old Ganpat Valand was electrocuted in his farm.
In Molsan village, near Vijapur in Mehsana district, 54-year-old farm labourer identified as Godadji Thakor died after being struck by lightning in the field, said taluka development officer V R Barot.
An electricity pole fell on one Motibhai Rabari (20) of Chaada village in Khedbrahma taluka of Sabarkantha when he was taking his cattle for grazing. Rabari died on the spot.
A 40-year-old woman named Geeta died after a level crossing collapsed on her due to gale in Kapeli Dhar village of Dhrangadhra in Surendranagar.
Light to moderate rainfall and hail was reported in most parts of north Gujarat. Portions of the pandal raised for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meeting in Himmatnagar scheduled on Wednesday were also damaged due to strong wind.
The inclement weather will adversely affect the water melon and musk melon grown in abundance in Banas riverbed, said J D Suthar, Banaskantha horticulture officer.
In Santalpur taluka of Patan, tin roofs of several houses were blown away by the winds.
Hailstorm was also reported from areas of Rajkot and Jamnagar including Khandheri stadium, villages of Jodia, Padadhari, Morbi, Dhrol and Wankaner talukas. Heavy rain with gusty winds was reported in Tankara of Morbi some parts of Surendranagar and Kutch.
The atmosphere across Saurashtra region remained cloudy on Tuesday with dust storms reported from Bhavnagar and Junagadh.
In Vatbara village of Dahod, a tent set up for BJP candidate Jaswantsinh Bhabhor’s public meeting collapsed due to heavy winds followed by rain. Though no persons were injured, a commotion ensued. The public meeting was later cancelled as the rains did not stop in the area.
On Tuesday morning, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan was to address a public meeting in Vadodara, but due to bad weather his chopper could not land. It was only around 2.30pm that Chauhan’s helicopter landed and he could address the public meeting.