CANACONA: Heavy unseasonal thunderous rains lashed several parts of the southern parts of the state, hitting mostly scattered areas of the Southernmost Canacona Taluka, even as a lightning struck a Coconut Tree at Colomb on Tuesday evening.
According to Fire Services sources, lightning struck a Coconut –Tree right at its Crown of leaves, setting it on fire. However, the sudden spurt of rains doused the fire, before fire services personnel could reach after the call. The Coconut Tree has reportedly suffered partial damages due to the lightning, informed Fire Services stating no other losses are reported.
At times strong winds blew plastics and leaves into the air, even as lightning and thunder brought down the downpower, disrupting normal life for well over half an hour.
Incidentally, farmers in the process of harvesting their paddy crop were the most affected as rains lashed mostly the interior areas like Gulem, Chapoli, Devabhaga, besides interior villages of Shristhal, Gaondongrim and Khotigao. The farmers harvesting their paddy crop had to stop for a while, but continued cutting and accumulating the paddy stems after the rains subsided.
Several people on shopping trips to the commercial Chaudi town were caught unaware and seen running for Cover as rains lashed for over half-an-hour, almost flooding the area.
Even two-wheeler riders were forced to stop and stood under covers with many bikers were seen making a mass stop under the MPCBR overbridge at between Char-Rasta and Chaudi, while a few fisherwomen squatting on the roadside selling fish also ran for cover, after the sudden spurt of rains began to lash everywhere.
Lightning strikes a Coconut Tree at about 3.20 PM in the Colomb area of Canacona municipality. No injury to humans or any losses but the Coconut Tree is damaged at its Crown.
According to sources, some of the areas at Khola and other bordering areas of Canacona had power failure, reportedly after some tree-felling incidents after the torrential rains.
While stating rains are also expected later in the night, a source at Taluka observatory informed Canacona has so far received at total 3459.60mm of rainfall in the current monsoons which got officially over at the end September month.