Lucknow/ Jaipur: As many as 49 were killed in lightning strikes in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Sunday. According to reports, lightning strikes killed 30 people across UP, including 14 in Prayagraj, five in Kanpur Dehat, four in Kaushambi, three in Firozabad and two each in Unnao and Chitrakoot.
Lightning strikes also claimed at least 19 lives in Rajasthan, including seven children as the southwest monsoon entered Jaipur, Dholpur, Kota and Jhalawar districts. Among the deceased children, four were from Kota district, and another three from Badi in the Dholpur district.
Taking cognizance of the incident, CM Yogi Adityanath expressed his grief and asked the district administration to provide adequate compensation to the tragedy struck families.
Incidents of people drowning were reported from Ghazipur, Firozabad and Ballia.
In Rajasthan, at least11 people were killed and 12 others were injured near Amber fort when lightning struck them on Sunday evening. Teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and local police immediately swung into action to rush the injured to hospital.
Also, four children, who worked as shepherds at a village under Kanwas police station area of Kota, and a youth under Sunel area of Jhalawar districts were killedg due to lightning. In Dholpur’s Bari area, three children were killed after lightning struck.
A 23-year-old shepherd was also killed when lightning struck him while he was grazing cattle in Lalgaun in Jhalawar district of Rajasthan.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to lightning strikes in parts of Rajasthan.
The Prime Minister also announced Rs 50,000 from PMNRF for the people who were injured.
“PM @narendramodi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to lightning in parts of Rajasthan. Rs. 50,000 would be provided to the injured,” the office of the Prime Minister tweeted.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday also announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives due to lightning strikes in the state. He has also ordered compensation for the injured.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi expressed his deepest condolences over the deaths of people due to lightning strikes in several districts of Rajasthan.