PM Modi express anguish over loss of lives in various parts of the country due to unseasonal rain

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Imphal: People look at the destruction caused by a thunderstorm, in Imphal, Monday, April 15, 2019. The storm claimed three lives and left many injured. (PTI Photo)

Imphal: People look at the destruction caused by a thunderstorm, in Imphal, Monday, April 15, 2019. The storm claimed three lives and left many injured. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday expressed anguish over loss of lives in various parts of the country 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.

Unseasonal rain and dust storm hit several parts of Gujarat, leaving at least 10 people dead and several injured, officials said Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, Modi expressed anguish over the loss of lives and said the authorities are monitoring the situation very closely and all possible assistance is being given to those affected.

Dust storm and rains in several parts of Rajasthan left 10 persons dead, a senior official said Wednesday.

A compensation of Rs four lakh each has been announced for families of the victims.

4 persons died in Jhalawar and as many in Jaipur while one person each died in Baran and Udaipur, Relief Secretary, Ashutosh A T Pednekar, told PTI.

There are 3-4 more deaths and we are confirming whether they are related to rains, he said.

Gusty winds accompanied with rains affected normal life in the state on Tuesday. Several trees and electric poles were uprooted in different parts due to high velocity winds of nearly 60 kmph.

The weather turned rough due to Western Disturbance and winds with moisture from Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal.

Dabok in Udaipur recorded a maximum of 34.7 mm rains followed by Kota, Alwar, Bhilwara, Jaipur and Sriganganagar where 27.8, 21.9, 21, 13.8 and 13 mm rains occurred. Few other places also recorded below 13 mm rains till Wednesday morning.

The department has predicted dust storm or thunderstorm accompanied by high-velocity winds and lightning at a few places during the next 24 hours.

(PTI)