Over 33 dead in rain, storm in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
Ahmedabad : Over 33 people have been reportedly killed and many were injured in the unseasonal rain, storm in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur and other parts of the country on Tuesday.
According to official figures announced by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), ten people lost their lives in Gujarat. One person died in Ahmedabad, one in Rajkot, two in Banaskantha, one in Morbi, one in Sabarkantha, three in Mehsana and one in Patan.
"Most of the deaths were reported in North Gujarat due to lightning strike and falling of trees," G B Manglpara, Gujarat government's director (Relief) said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of people and announced a compensation for those who were affected.
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.
An ex- gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to unseasonal rain & storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country has been approved from the PM’s National Relief Fund. Rs 50,000 each for the injured has also been approved.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 17, 2019
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also shared his deep pain over the loss of lives due to thunderstorm.
Deeply pained and anguished by the loss of precious lives due to untimely rains and thunderstorms in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat & certain other parts of the country. The Centre is ready to provide all possible assistance to the states affected by heavy rains and storm.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) April 17, 2019