Thunderstorm, lightning leave 15 dead in UP

LUCKNOW: Thunderstorm and lightning claimed 15 lives and injured 10 people in various parts of Uttar Pradesh, a senior government official said on May 29.
“While six persons were killed in Unnao in incidents of thunderstorm and lightning on May 28 evening, three persons died in Raebareli, and two each in Kanpur, Pilibhit and Gonda districts,” UP relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar said.
Among those injured, four belonged to Unnao and three each from Kannauj and Raebareli, he said, adding that the incident also damaged some hutments in Unnao and Rae Bareli districts of the northern state.
Respective district magistrates have been directed to undertake rescue works and ensure distribution of relief in 24 hours, Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said.
Ravikumar, DM Unnao, said while two deaths were caused due to lightning, others died in incidents of house collapse, 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 normal life was affected in several parts of the district.
The MeT department has warned of rain or thunderstorm at isolated places in the state in the next two days.

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