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Nine struck dead by lightning in Andhra Pradesh
Nine people were struck dead by lightning and three injured in Srikakulam and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh, official sources said.
While seven people were killed in Srikakulam district alone, two more were killed in Kadapa and three injured, they said.
Lightning struck at different places in Srikakulam since afternoon even as rain, coupled with gales, lashed the district.
Srikakulam district collector Dhananjay Reddy told PTI that the seven casualties were reported from different mandals in the district.
Rain was also reported from Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts.
State deputy chief minister (Home) N China Rajappa, while condoling the deaths of people in lightning strikes, asked the respective district authorities to take necessary precautionary measures as per the warnings issued by the Disaster Management Department.
He said lightning strikes, rains and gales were likely in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts in north coastal Andhra, besides in Anantapuramu, Chittoor, Kadapa in Rayalaseema and SPS Nellore in the south coast.
Six killed in lightning strike in West Bengal
At least six people were killed and over 10 injured in different districts of West Bengal after lightning struck them amid heavy rain today, an official of the state disaster management department said.
Five deaths were reported from Howrah district, while one person died in Murshidabad district, he said.
According to Murshidabad district police, Shankar Mondal (50) was working at a field in Jalangi area of the district, when he was killed by a lightning strike.
In Howrah district’s Bordanga area, four children, aged between 8 and 12 years, were in a field collecting mangoes during a thunderstorm when lightning struck them, a police officer said.
The boys were taken to a local hospital where they were declared brought dead, he said, adding, another person died in Uluberia subdivision of the district after being struck by lightning.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said her government would provide assistance to the families of the deceased, as well as those whose houses and crops have been damaged.
“We do not have control over the nature. We will not be able to bring back those who have died, but our government will be beside these families and help them in every possible manner,” she told a news channel.
Reiterating that the model code of conduct ahead of tomorrow’s panchayat elections was not applicable in case of a disaster in the state, she said the chief secretary has been asked to carry out a survey of the losses.
“We are yet to ascertain the estimate of the damages. We will do a survey based on which we will help the families,” Banerjee said.
9 people killed as thunderstorm hits Uttar Pradesh
At least 9 people were killed and 34 people were injured after a thunderstorm hit the state on Sunday, according to news agency ANI.
2 dead in Delhi, 1 in Ghaziabad; 70 flights diverted
At least two people were killed in Delhi and one in Ghaziabad after a squall and dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph barrelled through Delhi and neighbouring areas today.
The storm affected flight, rail and metro operations, uprooting trees, and leading to incidents of wall collapse.
The sky turned dark grey around 4:30 pm. Gusty winds and rain lashed the national capital, causing the temperature to drop around 10 notches to 25.2 degrees Celsius.
The strong winds knocked down 189 trees in the city. Four incidents of wall collapse were reported from Najafgarh, Transit Camp, Nehru Place, Mohan Garden in Uttam Nagar and Raj Nagar in Palam, said a senior officer of the Delhi Fire Service.
Traffic in many areas moved at a snail’s pace due to the reduced visibility.
The inclement weather interrupted the launch of a 140 kWp rooftop solar plant at IP Extension attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.