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Storms kill 41 in Bihar, UP, Jharkhand

Last updated on: May 30, 2018 00:35 IST

Rain and thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds, with speeds reaching 50-70 kmph, are very likely at isolated places in UP over the next couple of days, MeT officials said. There is a similar forecast for Bihar.

IMAGE: Villagers inspect the damaged house which collapsed during thunderstorm and rain in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday. Photograph: PTI Photo

Thunderstorms struck at several places in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand killing at least 41 people as hutments collapsed and trees fell, officials said on Tuesday.

In Bihar, 19 died as high-velocity winds packing speeds of up to 70 km per hour swept across many areas on Monday night, followed by pre-monsoon showers, the weather office in Patna said.

According to the disaster management department, 16 out of the 19 deaths in Bihar were reported in four districts situated south of the Ganges.

 

Adjoining districts of Gaya and Aurangabad reported the maximum number of five deaths each.

In Aurangabad, all the deaths were caused by lightning and the victims included two women. In Gaya, collapsed roofs and falling trees killed five people, including two women aged 70 and 45, a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy.

Two girls and a boy were injured in Gaya, the department said.

Four people, including three children aged 8-14 years, died in Munger after being struck by lightning and one person was injured. Lightning claimed the lives of a 16-year-old girl and a 45-year-old man in Nawada district.

Three deaths were reported from Katihar in north Bihar where an 11-year-old girl, a 45-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man were crushed to death under trees uprooted by the storm.
Two women were injured.

In Uttar Pradesh, 15 people were killed and 10 injured, a senior official said on Tuesday.

"While six persons were killed in Unnao in incidents of thunderstorm and lightning last night, three persons died in Raebareli, and two each in Kanpur, Pilibhit and Gonda districts," UP Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said.

Among those injured, four belonged to Unnao and three each were from Kannauj and Raebareli, he said. He said the storm damaged hutments in Unnao and Rae Bareli districts.

District magistrates have been directed to ensure distribution of relief within 24 hours, UP Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said.

Unnao DM Ravikumar said while two deaths were due to lightning, the others died in incidents of house collapse, uprooting of trees and electric poles.

Movement of traffic on the main Hardoi-Unnao road was hit because of fallen trees, which were later removed, the DM said.

Rain and thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds, with speeds reaching 50-70 kmph, are very likely at isolated places in UP over the next couple of days, MeT officials said. There is a similar forecast for Bihar.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condoled the deaths and issued instructions for quick disbursement of ex-gratia compensation.

Storms this month have left a trail of destruction in various states. On May 2-3, a storm killed 134 people and injured over 400 in five states.

Uttar Pradesh was the worst hit then with 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district.

Thunderstorm and lightning claimed seven lives and injured five people in Lohardaga, Pakur and Chatra districts of Jharkhand since Sunday, police said on Tuesday.

A 65-year-old woman and her grand daughter were killed this evening in Lohardaga district when lightning struck them at Tati village, they said.

The woman and her granddaughter were in their vegetable field when thunderbolt struck them, killing the woman on the spot and her grand daughter succumbed to her injuries while being rushed to a nearby health centre.

One person was killed while his wife was injured when the wall of their mud house collapsed and fell on them during rain and thunderstorm at Kanijhara village in Pakur district on Monday night, the police said.

On Sunday, four people were killed and as many injured in two separate incidents in Chatra district, the police said, adding that three people lost their lives and three injured when lightning struck them at a house in Harhad village during heavy rains.

In another incident in the Chatra district, one person was killed and another injured in Pahra village when thunderbolt struck them on Sunday night, the police added.

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