Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm: Death toll rises to 15 as heavy rains, lightning create havoc in various districts

Thunderstorm and lightning struck parts of Uttar Pradesh, claiming 15 lives at various places on Tuesday, according to ANI.

As many as six people were killed and three others injured in Unnao district on Monday night, Principal Secretary, Information, Avinish Awasthi said. There are reports of two people each being killed in thunderstorm in Kanpur and Rae Bareli, he said.

 Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm: Death toll rises to 15 as heavy rains, lightning create havoc in various districts

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The incidents have also left some hutments damaged in Unnao and Rae Bareli districts. Respective district magistrates have been directed to undertake rescue works and ensure distribution of relief in 24 hours, Awasthi added.

District Magistrate of Unnao, Ravikumar said while two deaths were caused due to lightning others died in incidents of house collapse and uprooting of trees and electric poles. Movement of traffic on the main Hardoi-Unnao road was hit because of uprooted trees which were later removed, the DM said, adding that life has been adversely affected in several parts of the district because of the thunderstorm.

The Met department has warned that thunderstrom/duststorm were likely at isolated places over eastern parts of the state last night. They have warned that rain or thunderstorm are very likely at isolated places on the state in the next two days.

Thunderstorm has left a spate of destruction this month claiming several lives. On 2-3 May, a storm had killed 134 people and injured over 400 in five states and Uttar Pradesh was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district.

At least 18 people have lost their lives in thunderstorm that struck on 9 and 10 May and 51 others in similar incidents

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: May 29, 2018 15:05:45 IST