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40 Killed in UP, Jharkhand and Bihar After Thunderstorms

The Met department had warned that thunderstorm/duststorm were likely at isolated places over eastern parts of the state on Monday night. They have warned that rain or thunderstorm are very likely at isolated places on the state in the next two days.

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Updated:May 29, 2018, 4:13 PM IST
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Lucknow: Thunderstorm and lightning struck parts of Uttar Pradesh, claiming ten lives and leaving five others injured, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

As many as six persons were killed and three others injured in Unnao district last night, Principal Secretary, Information, Avinish Awasthi said. There are reports of two persons each being killed in thunderstorm in Kanpur and Rae Bareli, he said.

The incidents also left some hutments damaged in Unnao and Rae Bareli districts. Respective district magistrates have been directed to undertake rescue works and ensure distribution of relief in 24 hours, Awasthi added.

DM Unnao, Ravikumar said while two deaths were caused due to lightning others died in incidents of house collapse and uprooting of trees and electric poles. Movement of traffic on the main Hardoi-Unnao road was hit because of uprooted trees which were later removed, the DM said, adding that life has been adversely affected in several parts of the district because of the thunderstorm.

The Met department had warned that thunderstorm/duststorm were likely at isolated places over eastern parts of the state on Monday night. They have warned that rain or thunderstorm are very likely at isolated places on the state in the next two days.

Thunderstorm has left a spate of destruction this month claiming several lives. On May 2-3, a storm had killed 134 people and injured over 400 in five states and Uttar Pradesh was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district.

Meanwhile, news agency ANI reported that 12 people died and 28 were injured after thunderstorm hit different parts of Jharkhand, while 17 were killed in Bihar.




Principal Secretary of Bihar Disaster Management Department Pratyaya Amrit said, "CM Nitish Kumar has ordered to give an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives in the massive thunderstorm on Monday night. Efforts are being made to complete the process on Tuesday itself."

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