34 killed, 15 injured as rain, thunderstorm pounds four states

New Delhi, April 17: At least 34 people were killed on Tuesday in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra when rain, thunderstorm and strong winds lashed the areas.

In Madhya Pradesh, a total of 11 people were killed in several districts. Three members of a family were killed and one seriously injured due to lightning in Hathod police station area. In another district, two people were killed in the last two days in lightning, thunderstorm and rain related incidents and one person is undergoing treatment. 15 people were also injured in six separate villages.

In Gujarat, nine people–four in Mehsana, two in Banaskantha, one each in Rajkot, Morbi, and Sabarkantha– were killed due to the storm and rain. The crops have also been damaged in most of the locations.

In Maharashtra, seven deaths have been reported due to heavy rains and lightning in the last two days. Hailstorm was witnessed in Nashik and Pune along with rain. The farmers have also been affected.

Rajasthan witnessed seven deaths. In Jhalawad alone four children were killed due to heavy rains and duststorm. Normal life was thrown off track due to the sudden rain. While in Baran, hailstorm lashed the place affecting livestock, affected crops, and destroyed mud houses, in Sriganganagar crops were destroyed by a hailstorm. At least 300 villages were affected by the hailstorm.

In Kota, black clouds led to heavy rains and crops were affected. The rain lashed the region and the produce at the market was also affected. Rains also lashed Alwar, Chaksu, Ajmer and Udaipur.