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Uttar Pradesh Relief Commissioner announces compensation to thunderstorm victims

Women cover themselves as they walk on the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad Women cover themselves as they walk on the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad
Leonard Rios | 11 May, 2018, 05:03

On Wednesday night, four people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura and Aligarh districts and one each in Agra, Aligarh, Kanpur and Firozabad towns in Uttar Pradesh state, Ujjawal Kumar, another state government official, said.

The dust storm, with winds blowing up to 60 miles per hour, swept parts of Uttar Pradesh state on Wednesday night, demolishing homes and downing power lines.

In the May 2 storm, 73 people were killed and 91 injured across 23 districts in UP.

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. Shakuntala Devi (55) died as electric poll fell on her in Taiti village while Bhagwati (38) died when tractor-trolley overturned in Khanjaravas village.

One of the victims, 35-year-old Ram Rathan of Nagla Nathauli village in Agra, had stayed awake till 2am fearing the worst after a storm alert had been issued.

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The casualty reported from Hathras district pertained to a 15-year-old boy, who was fatally struck by lightning at Mohabbatpura village. In Etmadpur in Agra, two people were killed when roof of their house caved in.

District magistrate Chandra bhushan Singh here said that revenue officers were instructed to calculate the damage speedily so that help could be provided to affected persons.

Two children Sidhhu (6) and Krishna (5) were severely injured when a decrepit building of a closed primary school collapsed last night in Sitapur. The injured were rushed to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today issued fresh directives to the administration to speed up relief operations.

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