Bhubaneswar: With the onset of monsoon just ahead and amid scorching summer heat about to leave showing its last vigour, thunders squall and torrential rains created havoc on Sunday in different parts of Koraput district.
Sources informed that severe thunder accompanied by lightning and splashing rain with fiery winds drenched the areas of the district while uprooting trees, poles creating scenes of destruction. Although amount of rain measured is yet to be ascertained the hailstorm hit normal life.
In some parts houses were damage along with standing crops. Some people were also injured due to the hailstorm. Although the casualties are yet to be ascertained.
The untimely rain due to low pressure in the northern part of Bay of Bengal could be assigned to be main reason behind the unseasonal rainfall.
While there is likelihood of more rains and thunderstorms in some other parts in next 24 hours, the weather office predicted.
It is worthwhile to be noted that in last fortnight or so similar spectacle of rains an hailstorm was seen in Balangir district.
The meteorological department noted that the monsoon may be delayed by a few days as it has forecasted that the monsoon would touch Kerala coast by May 7, while earlier the local weather office had predicted that it would reach the coast by May 1.