Rain, Storm Claim 55 Lives In Bihar, Uttar Pradesh

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New Delhi:Thunderstorms and lightning have claimed 55 lives in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh during the last 24 hours. In Uttar Pradesh, thunderstorms and lightning claimed 28 lives during the last 24 hours. Maximum six deaths are reported from Sultanpur district followed by five in Jaunpur. Reports from Lucknow said that four persons lost their lives in Unnao district followed by 3 each in Baharaich and Chandauli. Two persons were killed in Raebareli and one each in Saharanpur, Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh districts.

6 Injured from Sultanpur have been referred to Lucknow in critical condition. Financial assistance of four Lakhs rupees to next kin of each deceased is being provided.The government has also asked the authorities to conduct awareness drive to aware masses to save themselves in view of communing monsoon season and occurrences of incidents of lightening during the season. The Relief Commissioner of the State has issued a poster to aware people in this regard.

In Bihar, the death toll has risen to 27. Thirty four persons have been injured in natural calamity. Maximum eight deaths have been reported from Saharsa district. Remaining 19 casualties are from north Darbhanga, East Champaran, Madhepura, Khagaria, Araria,Purnea and Samastipur districts. The state government has announced an ex-gratia of four lakh rupees to the families of the deceased.

Meanwhile, South West Monsoon has progressed in some more parts of the country.  Talking to media, Head of the Weather Services of IMD, M Mohpatra said, in the next 48 hours, the monsoon will advance further.

"We are expecting further advance of monsoon during next 48 hours, covering some more parts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha and some parts of the northeastern state. There it may cover some more part of West Bengal Sikkim East Bihar and Jharkhand influence we are expecting heavy to very heavy rainfall in the few places over coastal Maharashtra, Goa and coastal Karnataka during next 48 hours. Isolated very heavy rainfall is also likely over Madhya Maharastra, Marathwada, Bidhrwa south Chhattisgarh and Odisha in addition to this there is possibility of thunderstorm or rain associated with gusty wind and swali wind over plains of northeast India including Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, UP, East Rajasthan, West MP during next 48 hours". 

Mumbai received heavy rainfall on Saturday following the onset of the southwest monsoon in Maharashtra. Our Correspondent reports, there are reports of water-logging in several areas and slight delays in running of suburban trains.

Trains in the suburban section of the Central Railway were running late by 10 to 12 minutes due to the downpour, but there was no cancellation of trains. According to an airport official, two flights had to be diverted due to bad weather. The BMC disaster control room said waterlogging has been reported at 11 spots in the city and 3000 BMC personnel have been deployed for the purpose. Four people were injured in Prabhadevi when the slab of a building collapsed.

Dust storm, with winds gusting up to 70 kilometre per hour hit Delhi-NCR on Saturday evening, bringing some relief from the searing heat. The weatherman said, light rain was witnessed in many areas. Maximum temperature was recorded 40.5 degrees Celsius and the minimum 30.

In Gujarat, Kutch district administration issued an advisory for the fishermen, asking them not to venture into the sea till August 15 starting Sunday.

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