Published On: Wed, Apr 17th, 2019

50 killed, scores hurt in rain, thunderstorm

New Delhi: As many as 50 people were reportedly killed and scores others injured in thunderstorms, hail and dust-storm and rain that lashed Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana since Tuesday evening.

Maximum number of deaths were reported from Rajasthan where 25 people were reported to have lost their lives

Maximum number of deaths were reported from Rajasthan where 25 people were reported to have lost their lives in a severe thunderstorm that struck the state.

Active western disturbance over eastern Iran and neighbourhood had been moving eastward since Monday, which caused cyclonic circulation over southwest Rajasthan and its neighbourhood at lower tropospheric levels, said the Met department.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the families of those killed in the natural calamity.

Rajasthan Relief and Disaster Management Secretary Ashutosh AT Pednekar said five people died in Udaipur, four each in Jhalawad and Jaipur, two each in Bundi, Jalore and Rajsamand, and one each in Baran, Bhilwara, Alwar, Hanumangarh, Pali and Pratapgarh districts.

Winds blowing at 60 kmph blew away roofs of many houses and uprooted trees and electric poles in many parts of the state, officials said.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced Rs 4 lakh ex gratia for the families of deceased.

In Madhya Pradesh, 15 people died in the untimely rain and accompanying lightning on Tuesday evening. “Three persons each died in Indore, Dhar and Shajapur, two in Ratlam, and one each in Chhindwara, Rajgarh, Sehore and Alirajpur areas,” an official statement said.

Officials said pouring rain damaged properties in Bhopal, Indore, Dhar, Shajapur, Sehore, Ujjain, Ratlam, Khargone, Badwani, Chhindwara, Alirajpur and Rajgarh areas.

Extensive damage to crops has also been reported from many parts of the state.

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