Rain, Dust Storm Leaves 35 Dead in Rajasthan, MP and Gujarat

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Jaipur Police personnel look on as people remove a fallen tree obstructing traffic after a thunderstorm in Jaipur Tuesday

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that his thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning saying that several parts in north and northeast India may witness thunderstorm, hail and lightning Wednesday. Homes were damaged, trees uprooted and power lines knocked down in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan states.

The wind blew away a tent that was to have been used for a rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Himmatnagar in Gujarat.

"While the PM has already announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh, the Gujarat government will also give Rs 2 lakh to kin of those who lost their lives", Rupani told reporters in Dahod.

In a jibe, CM Nath added that though the MP government maynot be BJP-led but people still reside there, hinting that PM Modi should be concerned for them as well.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported that 10 people were killed in Gujarat, one person died in Ahmedabad, one in Rajkot, two in Banaskantha, one in Morbi, one in Sabarkantha, three in Mehsana and one in Patan. But your symapthies are restricted to Gujarat only.

Condoling the deaths, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said in a tweet, "Deeply pained by loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of the country including Rajasthan".

The Prime Minister's Office said the government was doing everything to provide all possible assistance. "The situation is being monitored closely", the PMO tweeted.

At least 10 people died due to lightning-related incidents in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.

In another western state of Gujarat, nine people were killed in accidents following thunderstorm and dust storm. The crops have also been damaged in most of the locations.

Gujarat's government said in a statement: "Most of the deaths were reported in North Gujarat due to lightning strike and falling of trees".

Expressing concern over the crop losses, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered urgent steps to ascertain the extent of the damage to crops so that due compensation could be awarded to the affected farmers at the earliest. Lightning killed two people each in Satana and Parbhani and injured one.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced an aid of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the western state. In Jhalawad alone four children were killed due to heavy rains and duststorm. While in Baran, hailstorm lashed the place affecting livestock, affected crops, and destroyed mud houses, in Sriganganagar crops were destroyed by a hailstorm.

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