New Delhi: As many as 26 people were killed due to dust storms and lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, an official spokesman said on Saturday.
Dust storms and lightning hit places in 11 districts of the State on Friday night resulting in the death of 26 people, he said. While five deaths each were reported from Jaunpur and Sultanpur, four died in Unnao, three each died in Chandauli and Bahraich, two in Rae Bareli and one each in Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the district magistrates of the affected areas to immediately provide compensation to families of those killed and said no laxity will be tolerated.
Expressing grief over the deaths, he said the state government will extend all possible help to those hit by dust storms and related incidents, according to the spokesman.
The weather office has warned that thunderstorm, accompanied by gusty winds, are “very likely” at isolated places in the state on Sunday.
There were reports of rains in Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, which had been sweating it out in sweltering conditions.
In Maharashtra’s Thane district, fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning at around 6 AM. He died on the spot, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell.
Six others, who were out in the open at that time, were also injured due to the lightning strike and have been admitted to a local hospital.
Heavy rains pounded Mumbai, leading to a slight delay in the running of suburban trains.
The Indian Meteorological Department declared the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai, the adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra.
Trains on the suburban section of the Central Railway (CR) were running late due to the showers, an official said, adding that there were no cancellations. Two flights had to be diverted due to the bad weather.
Over the years, heavy monsoon rains have paralysed Mumbai, flooding streets and disrupting land, air and road traffic.
The weatherman forecast dust storm in Ghaziabad, Merrut, Baghpat and other adjoining districts in western Uttar pradesh.
The weatherman predicted rains in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh on Sunday.