Highly effective mud storm, rain leaves 11 useless in northern India

Highly effective mud storm, rain leaves 11 useless in northern India

Highly effective mud storm, rain leaves 11 useless in northern India

"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.

At least 18 people were killed and over 27 injured in yet another thunder and hailstorm that wreaked havoc in over a dozen districts in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday night. Two others were killed when a tractor-trolley turned turtle in Khajravas area of the district.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to ensure speedy rescue and relief of the affected and ordered prompt medical aid for the injured.

N. N. Srivastava, another Uttar Pradesh state official, said the storms have affected the lives of more than 100 million residents who also lost cattle, buffalo and crops.

Shakuntala Singh (55) was electrocuted when an electric pole fell on her in Maant tehsil in Mathura district.


One of the victims, 35-year-old Ram Rathan of Nagla Nathauli village in Agra, had stayed awake till 2am fearing the worst after a storm alert had been issued. Yesterday, a 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning while returning from the fields in Mohabbatpura village. In Etmadpur in Agra, two people were killed when roof of their house caved in.

Schools and colleges were closed in several districts based on the storm warnings, he said.

A powerful dust and rain storm demolished homes and downed power lines in northern India, killing at least 14 people, an official said Thursday, a week after another unseasonable storm caused deaths and destruction in the same region.

Meanwhile, Adityanath today issued fresh directives to the administration to speed up relief operations. The injured were rushed to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital.

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