Gujarat dust storms, unseasonal rains claim 10 lives; Narendra Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for families of victims

  • Rain and dust storm were reported from areas including districts in North Gujarat and Saurashtra region

  • A portion of a tent erected for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Himmatnagar town of North Gujarat was also damaged in the dust storm

  • Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the loss of lives and said the authorities are monitoring the situation very closely and all possible assistance is being given to those affected

Ahmedabad: Unseasonal rain and dust storm hit several parts of Gujarat, leaving at least 10 people dead and several injured, officials said Wednesday.

 Gujarat dust storms, unseasonal rains claim 10 lives; Narendra Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for families of victims

Rain and dust storm were reported from areas including districts in North Gujarat and Saurashtra region. News18

Rain and dust storm were reported from areas including districts in North Gujarat and Saurashtra region, on Tuesday afternoon, they said.

"According to preliminary reports coming from different parts of the state, at least 10 people have lost their lives," G B Manglpara, the state government's director (Relief), said on Wednesday.

"Most of the deaths were reported in North Gujarat due to lightning strike and falling of trees," he said.

Also, a portion of a tent erected for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Himmatnagar town of North Gujarat was also damaged in the dust storm, an official earlier said.

On Wednesday morning, Modi expressed anguish over the loss of lives and said the authorities are monitoring the situation very closely and all possible assistance is being given to those affected.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister's Office said, Modi has approved an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for the kin of those who have lost their lives.

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Updated Date: Apr 17, 2019 14:45:56 IST