16 people die as thunderstorm hits UP

At least nine killed in Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm

Twenty-seven persons were also reported injured, while 37 animals perished in the storm.

A number of villages and cities within the space have been plunged into darkness with the storm uprooting electrical poles and wires.

Five deaths people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat last night, an official spokesperson said.

He said all the fix works of the damage caused by the storm must commence at the earliest along with the assessment of the damage.

Another person was killed when a tractor-trolley filled with hay toppled on him during the storm.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had faced criticism then for not heading back immediately from the Karnataka election campaign, as news of the casualties poured in from his own state. A hailstorm struck Hathras in the evening. An official release said he asked the ministers-in-charge and district magistrates to visit the affected districts.

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At least 13 people were killed Wednesday as thunderstorms battered northern and eastern India, officials said, a week after a deadly dust storm ravaged large swathes of the country.

An official told IANS that due to the uprooting of many trees, traffic was hit on the Gwalior-Bareilly highway and also on the Faizabad road linking the temple town to the state capital.

Schools and colleges were closed in several districts based on the storm warnings, he said.

Meanwhile, Adityanath today issued fresh directives to the administration to speed up relief operations. He rushed back to Agra to meet the families of the victims and injured.

Sixty-four people had lost their lives in Agra and surrounding districts of west Uttar Pradesh in dust storms and thundershowers on May 2.

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