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Rains lash north coastal AP

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Visakhapatnam, Apr 17 (UNI) Thunderstorm caused by upper air circulation, lashed many places in North Coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam this morning, bringing much needed respite to the people from the scorching summer heat.

However, there were also reports of damage to paddy and mango crops and Agriculture Department officials said the loss was yet to be estimated.

Three boys were killed in Rajam of Srikakulam district yesterday when they were struck by lightning while another person was injured in Vijayanagaram today The Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC) here recorded two cm of rain till 0830 hrs today. However, drizzle continued till noon.

This was the first major spell of rainfall in Vizag district after the onset of summer.

Many places in coastal Andhra pradesh recorded heavy rainfall with Tenali receiving the highest (11 cm). The other centres which recorded average to heavy rainfall were Ongole (10), Kakinada, Gannavaram and Bapatla (six each), Narasapur, Tuni and Machalipatnam (three each) and Kavali, Visakhapatnam and Nellore (two each).

Under the influence of upper air circulation, rain or thundershowers will continue over Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh. Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places during the next 24 hours, CWC officials said.

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