Three killed in lightning strike in Agra, Yamuna flooded

August 30th, 2012 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Aug 30 (IANS) One family took the brunt of the heavy downpour here Thursday morning as three adults of the family were killed in a lightning strike and two children were injured as their house collapsed in Burhan village, 30 km from here.

The district administration later announced ex-gratia relief to surviving kin.

In Achnera area, three cows and a woman died of electrocution after heavy showers snapped transmission wires from the pole.

The unexpected and heavy downpour disrupted routine activity. Some schools declared it a “rainy day” and sent children home.

The Yamuna river now flows just two feet below the low flood danger level.

Heavy discharges from the barrages upstream have sent alarm signals.

District authorities discussed flood control measures, and villages in the Bah tehsil have been alerted as the Yamuna could spill over into low ravines.

Irrigation department officials said Hathini Kund, Tajewala, Okhla, Hindon and Gokul Barrages were discharging heavily.

By Friday evening, it is likely that the Yamuna in Agra could touch the low danger mark of 495 feet.

At Vrindavan, the flood waters of the Yamuna were lapping at the historical ghats. The new colonies in the low-lying areas are in danger of waterlogging.

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