12 killed in Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm

12 killed in Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm

12 killed in Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm

Wednesday's storm comes days after a dust storm, accompanied by rain, wreaked havoc across Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan, killing more than 100 people.

Two of the three deaths in Mathura district took place when electricity poles collapsed on the victims.

An identical unseasonal highly effective mud storm and thundershowers per week in the past left greater than 120 folks useless and one other 200 injured in 5 Indian states. The injured were rushed to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital.

Incidentally, the previous thunderstorms had also occurred on a Wednesday.

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. The met department, however, said the impact of the storm this time will be less than that of last week. Shakuntala Devi (55) died as electric poll fell on her in Taiti village while Bhagwati (38) died when tractor-trolley overturned in Khanjaravas village.

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"Four to five people were injured in freak accidents caused by winds that was followed by rain or hail at several places", the official said. An official release said he asked the ministers-in-charge and district magistrates to visit the affected districts.

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

The death toll in a dust storm that hit Uttar Pradesh has increased to 12, a government official said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today issued directives to expedite the rescue and relief operations on a war footing. "Go to the villages and extend help to them", he said in a communique.

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