Uttar Pradesh: At least 108 people were killed as storms and heavy rain beat swathes of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Uttar Pradesh was the worst hit with 73 deaths and injuring 90 others. Agra bore the brunt as 43 people were killed. 80 animals were also reported dead from there. As many as 51 people were injured too.
The disaster management department teams were immediately rushed to the affected areas for rescue operations.
Uttar Pradesh Relief Commissioner, Sanjay Kumar has announced the kin of the deceased would be given Rs 4 lakh compensation each. He added that the injured would get a maximum of Rs 2 lakh depending on the seriousness of the injuries. Owners of dead animals would get Rs 30,000 each.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced a sum of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each deceased. She directed officials to urgently undertake a survey and provide relief to the affected people. She added that she has eputed four ministers to visit the four affected districts and monitor the situation.
Head injuries sustained as a result of collapsing houses and falling trees caused most of the deaths. The storms disrupted railway and bus services as well as power connectivity.
The former chief minister Ashok Gehlot called off his 67th birthday celebrations to mourn the deaths.