In less than 24 hours, 76 people have been killed by lightning strikes across three states, JAIPUR/LUCKNOW/BHOPAL

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By: Rajat Shaw

Last Update: 2021-07-13 10:41:06 IST

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The death toll from the blitz of lightning strikes that hit portions of northern and central India over the weekend climbed to 76 on Monday, with MP reporting 12 deaths in less than 24 hours, adding to UP’s 41 and Rajasthan’s 23.

In less than 24 hours, 76 people have been killed by lightning strikes across three states.

JAIPUR/LUCKNOW/BHOPAL:

The death toll from the blitz of lightning strikes that hit portions of northern and central India over the weekend climbed to 76 on Monday, with MP reporting 12 deaths in less than 24 hours, adding to UP’s 41 and Rajasthan’s 23.

While farmworkers in the fields were responsible for the majority of the deaths in MP, the list of dead in Rajasthan included at least two persons — a brother-sister combo from Amritsar — who were out touring when they were killed by lightning bolts. In Uttar Pradesh, the state government issued an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to each of the deceased's families. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has provided Rs 1.6 crore for the distribution of relief to the families of those who have died, as well as a medical treatment for those who have been injured.

The popular Amer fort was the site of 11 of the 12 deaths in Jaipur, according to official records. At Chanda Ki Dhani, a village on the outskirts of Jaipur, a 12-year-old child perished. “There were four deaths in Kota, three in Dholpur, and one apiece in Jhalawar, Baran, Sawai Madhopur, and Tonk districts. “Eight people were hurt in Kota and six people were injured in Sawai Madhopur,” said Kalpana Agarwal, joint secretary of disaster management and relief.

Izhar Ali (23), one of the injured Jaipur survivors, reported taking out his cellphone at 7.04 pm to take a selfie atop the heritage watchtower in Amber when he was pulverised by a flash of light and an explosion. Izhar claimed he was able to rise and search for survivors. He said, “We screamed for help, but no one could hear us over the mountains.”

The police deployed a drone camera to search for anyone who might be trapped in the adjacent gorges, in addition to dispatching personnel to the region. Shivpuri district in MP was the worst-affected area on Sunday, with four persons killed. Officials claimed two father-son pairings were among the ten individuals slain in the Gwalior-Chambal region in the last 36 hours. There were 14 deaths in Prayagraj alone, according to the UP casualty list.

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