At least 64 killed by thunderstorms across north and western India

At least 64 people were killed across the northern and western parts of India by rain and thunderstorm on Thursday triggered by western disturbance, damaging property and crops.

Most of human damages have been claimed by lightnings, electrocution and tree falls. Rajasthan reported 25 deaths, Madhya Pradesh 21 and Gujarat 10, while 3 people died in Maharashtra since Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the loss of lives, his office tweeted, adding the government was doing its best to provide all possible assistance to those affected.

The PMO announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next kin to those who lost their lives during the havoc from Prime Minister’s National relief fund and Rs 50,000 each for the injured.

The weather office has forecast more storms on Thursday across large parts of eastern India.


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