31 dead in rain and thunderstorm in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan

The Hush Post | 12:09 | Two-minute read

Unseasonal heavy rains and thunderstorms reportedly killed 31 people in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. In the last two days, at least 16 people died in Madhya Pradesh alone where heavy rains, dust storms and lightning hit various parts of the state.

In Rajsthan, the heavy rains and storm killed six people, Gujarat too witnessed a sudden change in weather on Tuesday afternoon. The heavy rains and dust storms that hit many parts of the state left at least 11 people dead.

Following the disaster, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in Gujarat.

The PM also approved Rs 50,000 each for those injured in the natural calamity.

Soon after PM Modi’s announcement of compensation for the victims in Gujarat, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath reminded the PM that he was the “Prime Minister of the country and not Gujarat”.

Nath added that over 10 people have lost their lives in the unseasonal rains in MP but the PM was only concerned about Gujarat where the BJP is in power. Kamal Nath also extended his condolence to the bereaved families in Madhya Pradesh.

According to the Met department, “Western disturbance and winds with moisture from Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal are developing this kind of weather conditions. Gusty winds are causing dust storm where soil is loose and lacks moisture.”

The experts added that there are pre-monsoon rain showers across India. Most of the states are receiving rains. Some places have recorded a 10-12 degree drop in maximum temperature in the day. The current condition will last until Wednesday evening and then the situation will become normal with temperatures surging.

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