26 Killed Across 11 Districts Of UP Due To Dust Storms And Lightning Strikes

| June 10 , 2018 , 10:01 IST

At least 26 people have been killed across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh due to dust storms and lightning strikes in the state on Saturday, while 2 people were killed in Maharashtra due to rain-related incidents.

Rains were reported in Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh which had so far been facing high temperatures.

According to a government spokesperson, 5 deaths were reported from Jaunpur and Sultanpur, 4 deaths from Unnai, 3 each from Chandauli and Bahraich, 2 in Rae Bareli and 1 each from Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi, and Pratapgarh. The district of Kannauj was also affected by a dust storm, but no casualties were reported.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the district magistrates of the affected areas to provide aid immediately to families of those killed.

After the rains in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh, temperatures cooled down considerably, with Haryana's Ambala recording temperature of 31.9 degrees Celsius after the rains and Punjab's Amritsar recording temperature of 31.7 degrees while Chandigarh had a temperature of 33.8 degrees.

In the Thane district of Maharashtra, 66-year-old fisherman Steni Admani was struck by lightning around 6 AM and died on the spot while a woman riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle hit a truck on GB Road due to heavy rains.

This year has marked a heavy death toll in Uttar Pradesh due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning, with 15 people getting killed on June 1, another 16 getting killed on May 9, another 39 killed on May 13 and 9 killed on May 28.

Further rains are predicted for the areas of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.