Uttar Pradesh Relief Commissioner announces compensation to thunderstorm victims

Arturo Kim
May 11, 2018

According to the IMD, thunderstorm accompanied by squall (wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph) and hail are likely at isolated places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who was in Karnataka for the assembly poll campaigning, directed officials to ensure that relief was provided immediately to affected families.

"Four deaths were reported from Etawah, three from Mathura, one death each from Agra, Aligarh, Firozabad and Kanpur Rural last night", Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said.

Another person was killed when a tractor-trolley filled with hay toppled on him during the storm. Yesterday, a 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning while returning from the fields in Mohabbatpura village. The minimum temperature was recorded at 22.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average.

MeT Department said, gusty winds swept the city at 35 to 36 kms per hour.

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Apart from that four people were reportedly injured in Mangalpur and Munni Kheda village accidents last night.

District magistrate Chandra bhushan Singh here said that revenue officers were instructed to calculate the damage speedily so that help could be provided to affected persons.

Uttar Pradesh was the hardest hit with 80 deaths, a lot of them in Agra district.

Since the 2-3 May thunderstorms, the India Meteorological Department had issued more bad weather alerts for northern India states.

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.

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