Mon, Sep 07, 2015, 07:08 AM
A sudden heavy downpour lashed in both Telugu-speaking states on Sunday. Several low lying areas were inundated with water. However, farmers have expressed joy for sudden downpour at right time. But, lightning claimed the lives of 20 people in Krishna, Guntur, Nellore, Prakasam and West Godavari districts. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the situation with District Collectors. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each for kin of lightning victims. Andhra and Tripura cricket teams had a narrow escape with lightning striking a tree at Andhra Cricket Association in Pericherla in Guntur.