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Over 31 killed in rain, thunderstorm in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra

Over 31 killed in rain, thunderstorm in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra: At least 31 people have died due to unseasonal rain that accompanied with the dust storm that caused heavy destruction in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and other parts of the country. While 16 people died in Madhya Pradesh, six deaths were reported from Rajasthan and nine from Gujarat.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PM Narendra Modi’s rally in Sabarkantha, Gujarat was cancelled
  • Udaipur and Jhalawas were the most affected regions in Rajasthan
  • IMD has also issued a storm alert for Himachal Pradesh

In Gujarat, nine people were killed in accidents following a thunderstorm on Tuesday. Districts in Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Anand were severely affected. Four in Mehsana, two in Banaskantha, one each in Rajkot, Morbi, and Sabarkantha died. Crops in these areas were destroyed. Vegetable vendors were affected as their produce which was ready to be sent to local markets was also damaged.

Owing to the weather conditions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Sabarkantha has also been canceled. He was scheduled to address an election rally but some tents and hoardings in the venue were destroyed due to the dust storm.

According to the Met department, stormy winds set off by western disturbance affected normal life in several areas in Rajasthan. Chittorgarh, Sriganganagar, Ajmer, Kota, and Pilani received heavy rainfall. Nine people have died and 20 have been injured. Udaipur and Jhalawas were the most affected regions. Four deaths were reported in Jhalawar, while in Udaipur, 800 electric poles and 70 transformers have been damaged.

“Western Disturbance and winds with moisture from Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal are developing this kind of weather conditions. Gusty winds are causing dust storm mainly in Western parts of the state because the soil is loose and there is a lack of moisture there,” a Met official said.

Meanwhile, lower areas in Himachal Pradesh experienced light to heavy showers with gusty winds on Tuesday (April 16).

The thunderstorm also occurred in eastern parts of the state and similar weather conditions are most likely to prevail till Tuesday night.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences in a tweet on Wednesday. He said, Anguished by the loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of Gujarat. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. PM Modi tweeted, “Authorities are monitoring the situation very closely. All possible assistance is being given to those affected.”

In another tweet, the Prime Minister’s Office said, PM Modi, has approved an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to unseasonal rain and storm in various parts of Gujarat. He has also approved Rs. 50,000 each for those injured.

Also, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath tweeted grief for the loss of lives.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted heavy rainfall in parts of Gujarat today (April 17). IMD has also issued a storm alert for Himachal Pradesh, saying the storm is expected to attain a speed of 50 km per hour.