Lightning kills 41 in Uttar Pradesh, 20 in Rajasthan, 7 in Madhya Pradesh
As many as 75 people died in separate lightning incidents across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on July 11, the media reports claimed, adding that the numbers can go up later in the day
As many as 75 people died in separate lightning incidents across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on July 11, the media reports claimed, adding that the numbers can go up later in the day.
In Uttar Pradesh, 14 people died in Prayagraj, five in Kanpur Dehat, three each in Firozabad and Kaushambhi and two each in Unnao and Chitrakoot after lightning struck them.
In Rajasthan, 18 people, including seven children, were killed in separate incidents of lightning in Jaipur, Kota, Jhalawar and Dholpur districts on Sunday. 21 people, including six children, were also injured in lightning incidents in separate villages in the state.
In Madhya Pradesh, seven people lost their lives due to lightning and thunder in Shyorpur, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Anuppur and Baitul districts.
Meanwhile, PM Modi expressed his grief over the deaths caused by lightning strikes across the three states of UP, MP and Rajasthan. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives.
Every year, India counts hundreds of fatalities due to this phenomenon. According to the Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India 2019-20 report, lightning strikes accounted for more than a third of all deaths “attributable to the forces of nature” in that year. In fact, the report noted that there was a rise in cases where lightning was a cause of death over 2018.