Two persons were killed after being struck by the lightning which occurred during the pre-monsoon showers that lashed the city on Wednesday evening. The incident took place near Council Hall police chowky, when the two persons standing under a tree were killed due to a lightening shock around 7 pm, Bundgarden police said. Police have identified the deceased as Gautam Laxman Veer (54), a resident of Akurdi who worked as an attendant at the National Institute of Virology, and Balayya Mark Pidatala (63), a resident of Ghorpadi who worked as an attendant at the office of Public Works Department.
The Met department recorded 4 mm rainfall in the city.
Baner, Singhagad Road, Kothrud, Kondhwa, Wanowrie, Maval, Chakan and various parts of Pimpri Chinchwad experienced partiicularly heavy showers. Many parts of the city plunged into darkness after electricity lines snapped. Trees were also reoprted uprooted at many places.
Pune has hardly recieved pre-monsoon showers for the past three months, March to May, recording only 21 mm of rainfall.
The monsoons have progressed over the Indian Ocean and covered most of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, but its official onset in the Indian subcontinent is yet to come. According to the forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the monsoons would arrive in Kerala around June 7, after a delay of a week.
However, due to the presence of a trough at mean sea level from northwest Rajasthan and Gangetic West Bengal and a feeble western disturbance, rains have lashed various parts of the country.
“It was a short intense spell of rain in most parts of the city. We had predicted pre-monsoon showers for the coming three days. This is an usual phenomena before the onset of monsoon. The usual heating of land and moisture incursion from the Arabian Sea cause the pre-monsoon showers,’’ said Sunita Devi, director of IMD, Pune.
“There is indication of further strengthning of the monsoon in this region for the coming two to three days,’’ she said.
The forecast for the next 24 hours is cloudy skies, with chances of rain from June 3.
Devi said the IMD was all set to issue the second phase of the long-range forecast on June 2 in Delhi which would give a clearer picture of the onset of monsoon in Kerala as well as the rainfall outlook for June and July.
Records show that on an average, the country reveives 117.1 mm of pre-monsoon rainfall, but this year it has received only 114.0 mm rains, a deficit of at least 3 mm. Maharashtra, in particular, has failed to receive pre-monsoon rains, with Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada registering 50 per cent and 21 per cent deficit. Apart from heavy showers on few days in early May, the pre-monsoon season has mostly been dry for Pune. The period between March to June is the pre-monsoon season for Pune.