8 killed, 4 injured as thunderstorm hits UP

8 Killed As Dust Thunderstorm Strikes Western Uttar Pradesh

According to reports, Etawah, Mathura, Agra, Aligarh and Firozabad bore the brunt of the nature's fury and accounted for the deaths.

At least 12 people were killed from a thunderstorm which lashed parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said.

Most of the deaths were caused by falling walls or trees in Etawah and Mathura districts, an official at the authority told AFP.

Another person was killed when a tractor-trolley filled with hay toppled on him during the storm.

In a statement issued by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is away campaigning in Karnataka, he directed district officials to provide immediate compensation to the affected persons and calculate the losses.

In its latest forecast, the department has also predicted an increase in maximum temperatures by at least 3 degrees Celsius during the next 2-3 days, due to north-westerly winds prevailing over the region.

A number of villages and cities within the space have been plunged into darkness with the storm uprooting electrical poles and wires. A hailstorm also struck Hathras in the evening. In Etmadpur in Agra, two people were killed when roof of their house caved in.

The highest, 80 people, were killed in Uttar Pradesh and almost 100 others were injured in the state. An official release said he asked the ministers-in-charge and district magistrates to visit the affected districts. The injured were rushed to Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital.

Two children Sidhhu (6) and Krishna (5) were severely injured when a decrepit building of a closed primary school collapsed last night in Sitapur.

Meanwhile, Adityanath today issued fresh directives to the administration to speed up relief operations.

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