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Lightning kills 60 people in UP, Rajasthan

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Nearly 60 people lost their life due to lightning across the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. In Uttar Pradesh, nearly 40 people lost their lives, including women and children, whereas Rajasthan reported around 20 deaths.

The majority of the deaths in UP were reported from Prayagraj, where 14 people lost their lives. Five deaths each were reported in Kanpur and Fatehpur districts. In Kaushambi, four people died due to lightning strikes while Firozabad, Unnao and Rae Bareli reported two deaths each. Hardoi and Jhansi also reported one death each.

Most of the deaths in UP were reported from rural areas and the majority of the deceased were women and children.

UP CM announces compensation

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of those killed. The state government announced that financial help will also be provided to those who lost their livestock in rain-related incidents. Light to moderate rainfall was reported in many places in UP on Sunday.

The conditions continue to remain favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon over Delhi, remaining parts of west Uttar Pradesh, some more parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan during the next 24 hours, the Met department had said Sunday.

20 deaths in Rajasthan

Twenty people lost their lives due to lightning in Rajasthan. While 11 deaths were reported from Jaipur, nine more casualties by lightning were reported from across the state on Sunday—one death each in Baran and Jhalawar, four deaths in Kota and three in Dholpur districts. Seven of those killed were children.

In Jaipur, 11 people died and many feared injured in a lightning strike in front of the 12th century Amer Palace.  Dozens of people had been present at the watchtower when the lightning struck. A number of them sustained injuries as they jumped off the watchtower in panic.

Twenty-seven people are reported to have been on the watchtower and the fort wall when the incident happened. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of those killed.

“Many people have lost their lives due to lightning in some areas of Rajasthan. Deeply saddened by the demise of people. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the dead: PM @narendramodi,” Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a tweet.

 

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