Thunderstorms, Squall, Heavy Rains Likely To Hit Today In 13 States

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New Delhi: Thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains are likely to occur in at least 13 states and two Union Territories across the country on Monday, Indian Meteorological Department has said.

Heavy rains are likely on Monday at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, it said. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Western Uttar Pradesh, the IMD added.

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Over 100 people were killed and around 180 injured after a high-velocity dust storm followed by thunder showers wreaked havoc in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday night, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Trees and electricity poles were uprooted and mud houses collapsed in the high-intensity squall, officials said on Thursday.

In Uttar Pradesh, at least 70 people were killed and 83 injured, with Agra accounting for the maximum casualties — 43. In Rajasthan, 16 people died in Bharatpur district, 10 in Dholpur and five in Alwar, while over 100 were injured in the storm that hit the region around 7 p.m.

The worst period lasted about 45 minutes, according to reports from Dholpur, but the extent of the damage was known only in the morning.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued an advisory ordering all district magistrates to be on high alert. He has asked the district officials to calculate the losses and provide compensation to those affected urgently, a government spokesperson said.
The next of kin of each deceased in Rajasthan will get financial assistance of ₹4 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.