15 more killed as thun­der­storm, rain lash state

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: At least 15 peo­ple were killed and 32 in­jured af­ter thun­der­storm and rain lashed the state on Thursday.

Six deaths were re­ported in Si­ta­pur, three in Gonda, three in Kaushambi and one each in Faiz­abad, Har­doi and Chi­trakoot dis­tricts, a rev­enue depart­ment of­fi­cer said.

Twenty one peo­ple were in­jured in Si­ta­pur and 11 in Faiz­abad. Eleven cat­tle heads also died in var­i­ous dis­tricts.

On June 8, at least 16 peo­ple were killed as thun­der­storm and rain lashed the state.

The state gov­ern­ment has di­rected the dis­trict mag­is­trates con­cerned to dis­trib­ute re­lief among the vic­tims.

Around 285 peo­ple have died and 361 were in­jured in sep­a­rate spells of rain and thun­der­storm across 61 dis­tricts of UP since April 6, the of­fi­cer added. Ma­jor­ity of the deaths were due to wall and roof col­lapse, he said, adding that light­ning and in­stances of fall­ing trees were among the other rea­sons. A Met depart­ment of­fi­cer said rain or thun­der­storm were very likely at many places across the state in the next 48 hours.

Met di­rec­tor JP Gupta said the north-west­erly winds have in­ten­si­fied the heat wave and the mon­soon is likely to hit the state five days af­ter the ex­pected date of ar­rival.

On Thursday, Fate­garh was hottest in the state with a day tem­per­a­ture of 43.7 de­grees Cel­sius (three de­grees above nor­mal). Etawah siz­zled at 43.6 de­gree cel­sius, Hamir­pur 42.6, Agra 41.9 and Ali­garh 40.8. The max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture in Luc­know was 39.2 de­gree Cel­sius which was nor­mal.

PTI

A bro­ken elec­tric pole post heavy storm in Gonda dis­trict on Thursday.

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