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Lightning, thunderstorm claim over dozen lives in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra

According to reports, atleast 11 people were killed in Gujarat and 12 people were reported dead in April in various incidents in Maharashtra.Madhya Pradesh saw a death toll of 16 people in last two days due to sudden change in weather.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: April 17, 2019 14:00 IST
Fallen tree obstructing traffic in Jaipur after a
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Fallen tree obstructing traffic in Jaipur after a thunderstorm

While sudden change in weather brought relief from the blistering heat in many parts of the nation, heavy rainfall accompanied with dust storm created havoc in Rajasthan killing six people in the state yesterday.

Unseasonal rain, thunderstorms and lightning were also witnessed in many parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

According to reports, atleast 11 people were killed in Gujarat as the region pre-monsoon showers lashed the region and 12 people were reported dead in April in various incidents in Maharashtra.

Madhya Pradesh saw a death toll of 16 people in last two days due to sudden change in weather.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over loss of lives in various parts of Gujarat due to unseasonal rain.

"Authorities are monitoring the situation very closely. All possible assistance is being given to those affected," he tweeted.

In another tweet, the prime minister's office said, 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.

Rain accompanied by gusty winds had engulfed majority of the nation as the Meteorological Department predicts more such weather in coming days due to western disturbances.

The Delhi-NCR witnessed relief from the rising mercury as it received some rain on Tuesday morning.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), on Monday, announced that the country is likely to have 'near normal' monsoon this year with a well distributed rainfall which could be beneficial for the agriculture sector.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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