At least 11 people have died in a powerful storm in northern India, a week after another unseasonable storm caused deaths and destruction in the same region. The financial help to the families of deceased was being provided, he added.
Incidentally, the previous thunderstorms had also occurred on a Wednesday.
On Wednesday, a high-intensity dust storm hit New Delhi and Haryana on late Monday night. In Mathura, 50-year-old Shakuntala Devi of Taiti village was killed after an electric pole fell on her.
In Aligarh Anita Devi (28) resident of Bharatpur village and Vijay Singh resident of Satlauni village died while some others including Beena, Lakshmi and a child severely injured last night.
Awasthi said district magistrates have been asked to distribute relief among the storm-hit people immediately. Financial help for the families of deceased will be provided after their post-mortem report, he said.
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"16 people and 22 animals were dead and 25 people have been injured in nine districts due to a thunderstorm in Western UP yesterday". It also said a similar weather pattern is likely to be witnessed in West Bengal, and in six of the seven northeastern states, except Mizoram. Schools and colleges were closed in several districts, he said. Both were rushed to district hospital where their condition was stated to be critical.
Five deaths people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat last night, an official spokesperson said.
Uttar Pradesh was the hardest hit with 80 deaths, a lot of them in Agra district.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today issued fresh directives to the administration to speed up relief operations.