From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 7:40 PM
Subject: Lightning kills 4 farmers in Saurashtra
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Please refer to the news in the link and the attached report: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Joy-darkened-Lightning-kills-4/articleshow/9145186.cms
Joy darkened: Lightning kills 4
TNN | Jul 8, 2011,
AHMEDABAD: At least four people have died after being struck by lightning in Saurashtra , south and central Gujarat. The casualties take the rain-related death toll in the state, since June 1, to 28 .
Revenue control officials said that the victims in all the four incidents, which took place on Wednesday evening, were farm labourers who were working in the open. From Wednesday, rains have been lashing parts of south Gujarat, Saurasthra and central Gujarat. In Saurashtra, Jesangbhai Sosa (40), a resident of Chhochar village in the Junagadh district died after lightning struck him at his farm. In the second incident, 25-year-old Ketal Chohaliya, a resident of Jasdan town, lost his life. Chohaliya was repairing his terrace when lightning struck. He too died on the spot. The other two incidents were reported from Sathral village in Karjan taluka in Vadodara district, where a 35-year-old man died after being hit by lightning. The fourth incident was reported from Vardoli village in Mangrol taluka of Surat . However, amid the gloom of the deaths, rains have also brought a surge of hope to the state's farmers . Of the 26 districts in Gujarat, 21 received rains on Wednesday, while 13 districts received rainfall till 4 pm on Thursday. In 45 talukas, there was heavy to moderate rains on Thursday. Of the 45 talukas, over 28 talukas received more than 15 mm of rains and another 12 received over 25 mm of rains.
Revenue officials said that though rainfall was moderate to heavy in south Gujarat , there was sporadic rain in Saurashtra and north Gujarat . Kaprada taluka of the Valsad district received the maximum rainfall .
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