New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the next of the kin of those who lost their lives due to lightning in parts of Madhya Pradesh today. He further announced Rs. 50,000 for the injured.
Reports suggest at least 74 persons including tourists were killed in lightning that struck in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hour. The maximum number of deaths though were from Uttar Pradesh where at least 41 persons were killed in lightening across 16 districts on Sunday night.
At least 11 tourist lost their lives while taking selfies, and 20 others injured at the historic Amer Fort of Jaipur when lightening struck on Sunday evening.
- Heavy rain and lightning claim 83 lives in Bihar, 24 in Uttar Pradesh
- Killer lightning claims 22 more lives in Bihar on Thursday
It may be mentioned that last year too during monsoon season, lighting had claimed at least 107 lives in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in a single day on June 25, and another 22 lives in Bihar on July 2.
Meanwhile, cloudburst caused extensive damage to properties in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh on July 12, 2021. Modi stated that the situation there was being closely monitored. “Authorities are working with the State Government. All possible support is being extended. I pray for the safety of those in affected areas,” he tweeted.
– global bihari bureau