Toll rises to 12 in UP thunderstorm

Toll rises to 12 in UP thunderstorm

Toll rises to 12 in UP thunderstorm

Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2,3 killed at least 134 people and injured more than 400 in five Indian states, according to the Indian Home Ministry.

In Mathura's Mant tehsil, 55-year-old Shakuntala Singh was killed after he came in contact with an electricity pole.

On Wednesday, a high-intensity dust storm hit New Delhi and Haryana on late Monday night. Mukhtayari, hailed from same area, severely injured by electric poll succumbed to her injuries during treatment. On Thursday afternoon, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma visited Firozabad district to inspect relief work and handed over compensation cheques to the victims' families. Financial help for the families of deceased will be provided after their post-mortem report, he said.

Although the Braj region was bracing for thunderstorms on Tuesday in keeping with weather predictions, Aligarh and Hathras districts witnessed high-velocity winds accompanied by heavy rain only the next evening.

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An official told IANS that due to the uprooting of many trees, traffic was hit on the Gwalior-Bareilly highway and also on the Faizabad road linking the temple town to the state capital. Both were rushed to district hospital where their condition was stated to be critical.

Awanish Awasthi, principal secretary of state Information Department, said: "One person has died in Etmadpur area of Agra after tree fell on his kuccha house". There is a clear directives from chief minister Yogi Adityanath to speed up the relief operations.

Earlier, at least 73 persons were killed and over 100 injured when storm hit western parts of Uttar Pradesh about a week ago. "Go to the villages and extend help to them", he said in a communique.

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