Nine killed in Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm

Nine killed in Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm”

At least eight people died and over half a dozen were injured as a dust and thunderstorm struck parts of western Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday evening.

A state government spokesman said that four people have been killed in Agra while three lost their lives in Etawah.

Another death was reported from Hathras where a 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning.

The death in Agra took place in the Etmadpur area of the city after a tree fell on a man's house. 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.

The earlier storm hit Agra, Aligarh, Mathura and Firozabad districts in UP.

Uttar Pradesh was the hardest hit with 80 deaths, a lot of them in Agra district.

About 100 people were killed then in the state as mud houses collapsed, trees were uprooted and electricity cables snapped.

In a statement issued by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is away campaigning in Karnataka, he directed district officials to provide immediate compensation to the affected persons and calculate the losses.

Parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi experienced rain and strong winds on Wednesday.

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