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Thunderstorm kills 34 in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh

PTI Patna/Lucknow | Updated on May 29, 2018

Villagers inspect a house that collapsed after a thunderstorm ripped through UP on Monday night   -  PTI

Thunderstorm has left a spate of destruction this month claiming several lives. File Photo   -  PTI

Thunderstorms struck at several places in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 34 people as dwellings collapsed and trees fell, officials said.

Nineteen died in Bihar last night, with the adjoining districts of Gaya and Aurangabad reporting five deaths each, Bihar’s Disaster Management Department said. Other deaths were reported from Munger, Katihar and Nawada districts of the State, it said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condoled the deaths and issued instructions for quick disbursement of compensation.

15 deaths in UP

In Uttar Pradesh, 15 people were killed and 10 injured, a senior official said today.

“While six persons were killed in Unnao in the thunderstorm last night, three died in Rae Bareli, and two each in Kanpur, Pilibhit and Gonda districts,” UP Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said.

Among those injured, four belonged to Unnao and three each were from Kannauj and Rae Bareli, he said. He said the storm damaged hutments in Unnao and Rae Bareli districts.

District Magistrates have been directed to ensure distribution of relief within 24 hours, UP Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said.

Unnao DM Ravikumar said while two deaths were due to lightning, the others died in incidents of house collapse, uprooting of trees and electric poles.

Movement of traffic on the main Hardoi-Unnao road was hit because of fallen trees, which were later removed, the DM said.

Storms this month have left a trail of destruction in various States. On May 2-3, a storm killed 134 people and injured over 400 in five States. Uttar Pradesh was the worst hit with 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district.

Weather warning

Rain and thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds, with speeds reaching 50-70 kmph, are very likely at isolated places in UP over the next couple of days, the Met office said.

Published on May 29, 2018

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