Within just 24 hours, 16 people were killed and 12 others suffered injuries in different rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, throwing life out of gear in the state.
Shahjahanpur was the worst-affected, where at least six people were killed in incidents of lightning strike, and seven injured on Saturday as rains continued to lash the region.
A statement issued by the office of the UP Relief Commissioner said Sunday, "Six people lost their lives in Shahjahanpur, while three died in Sitapur district of the state."
"Two people died each in Auraiyya and Amethi. One person each died in Lakhimpur Khiri, Rae Bareli and Unnao. All the deaths took place yesterday" it said.
Eighteen animals died in the state and as many as 461 houses/huts were also damaged, the statement said.
In Shahjahanpur, six people, including four children died, in various incidents of lightening strikes, district administration officials said Sunday.
District Magistrate Amrit Tripathi said some youngsters were grazing cattle Saturday in Shamsherpur village under Kaanth police station area, when a sudden downpour forced them to take shelter under a tree.
"Mohit (24), Bablu (5), Anmol (10) and Dablu (11) died when they came in contact with lightning, while three were seriously injured," he said Sunday.
In Nabipur village under Kaanth police station, Vandana, 11, died and in Sikandarpur village, Ashok, 42, died when lightening struck them, Tripathi said.
"Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ramji Mishra has been sent to the spot. Financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh is being made available to kin of the deceased," he said.
The police have sent the bodies of the deceased for post-mortem examination and the injured hospitalised at the Shahjahanpur district hospital.
(With PTI inputs)