Five farmers were killed after being struck by lightning in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district on Sunday.
Three others were also injured in the incident which occurred in Kalugudu village in Gummagattu 'mandal' (block).
The farmers had taken shelter in some huts under a tree during the rain. In another incident, two cows died of lightning in the same district.
The Deccan Chronicle identified the deceased as N. Karim (25), K Obanna (35), Jangam Jayanna (60), Giri Reddy (40) and B. Shivappa of Kalugodu area.
According to reports, Rayadurgam CI T Chalapathi Rao and Kalyandurg RDO rushed to the spot and shifted the bodies to the government hospital in Rayadurgam for a postmortem.
Cabinet minister Kalva Srinivasulu, who hails from the district, also rushed to the village.
Announcing an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh, he directed officials to provide all help to the families of the victims and ensure best treatment of the injured.
These deaths come after reports that the state might witness extreme weather conditions over the next two to three days.
The State Disaster Management Authority said that some parts of Andhra were facing severe heat while others were witnessing heavy rain and thundershowers.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted light to moderate rain and thundershowers, accompanied by gusty winds, for Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts.
Meanwhile, several parts of Rayalaseema, which consists of four districts - Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur and Chittoor, continued to reel from the heat. However, the IMD has predicted that the region might see rainfall in isolated places.