Thunderstorm in Western UP leaves 16 dead, 25 injured
The death toll due to the thunderstorm which has been battering Western UP has reached 15, with around a 25 people injured. Till Wednesday (May 9) evening, four deaths were reported from Etawah, three from Mathura and one from Agra in incidents related to the thunderstorm.
Lightning, hailstorm and high velocity winds are also wreaking havoc in the state. Yesterday, a 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning while returning from the fields in Mohabbatpura village.
Four people were injured as severe winds and rain lashed parts of Etawah district. Strong winds also hit the state capital.
16 people & 22 animals dead, 25 ppl injured in 9 districts due to thunderstorm in Western UP y'day. 6 houses destroyed. Spoke to respective District Magistrates & asked them to ensure compensation to those affected by this evening: Sanjay Kumar, Relief Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh pic.twitter.com/cGGyBqHgA3— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 10, 2018
Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2-3 killed at least 134 people and injured more than 400 in five states, including the hardest-hit Uttar Pradesh, the Home Ministry said on Tuesday. The highest, 80 people, were killed in Uttar Pradesh and nearly 100 others were injured in the state.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, still campaigning in Karnataka, has said that the local District Magistrate has been told to distribute the relief immediately, maximum by noon on Thursday.
Weather officials have attributed the rain and thunderstorm to a western disturbance and cyclonic circulation that are likely to affect northwest India between May 6 and May 9. The met department, however, said the impact of the storm this time will be less than that of last week.
OneIndia News with PTI inputs