Uttar Pradesh Relief Commissioner announces compensation to thunderstorm victims

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Police and officials reported four deaths in Etawah, three in Mathura and two in Firozabad.

Reports claimed that Western parts of Uttar Pradesh, particularly the Agra division, was worst-affected again when yet another 68 Km/hour high-velocity winds hit the state, third in less than two months.

With the weather disturbance heading eastwards, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail at isolated places over West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Jhharkhand and Bihar today.

Over 25 people were injured in the storm that hit many parts of western Uttar Pradesh late on Wednesday night.

The casualty reported from Hathras district pertained to a 15-year-old boy, who was fatally struck by lightning at Mohabbatpura village.

Four deaths were recorded in Etawah, while three each were reported from Aligarh and Mathura districts in Braj region of UP.

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

The Death toll in last night's dust storm, lightning and heavy rain related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, has reached 13.

Awanish Awasthi, principal secretary of state Information Department, said: "One person has died in Etmadpur area of Agra after tree fell on his kuccha house".

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, still campaigning in Karnataka, has said that the local District Magistrate has been told to distribute the relief immediately, maximum by noon on Thursday.

According to Sanjay Kumar, at least sixteen people were killed and over twenty-five got injured in the thunderstorm last night. Parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Delhi experienced rain and strong winds on Tuesday.