On Wednesday night, four people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura and Aligarh districts and one each in Agra, Aligarh, Kanpur and Firozabad towns in Uttar Pradesh state, Ujjawal Kumar, another state government official, said.
The thunderstorm that hit parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday night claimed 16 lives and left 27 others injured, according to Awanish Awasthi, principal secretary of state information department. Two men, identified as Dharmendar Singh of Sarsauli village in Sirsaganj and Ramesh of Omnagar in the district, were killed during the storm. Two victims were from the district's Mant tehsil.
The National Weather Forecasting Centre has predicted thunderstorms accompanied by squall (wind speed 50-70 kmph) in several States of North and East India on May 13.
A number of villages and cities within the space have been plunged into darkness with the storm uprooting electrical poles and wires.
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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had faced criticism then for not heading back immediately from the Karnataka election campaign, as news of the casualties poured in from his own state. Yesterday, a 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning while returning from the fields in Mohabbatpura village.
Reports from Etawah said that four people, including a woman, died while as many were injured in thunderstorm-related incidents. "I spoke to the respective District Magistrates and asked them to ensure compensation to those affected by this evening", he said.
Schools and colleges were closed in several districts based on the storm warnings, he said. He rushed back to Agra to meet the families of the victims and injured.
Uttar Pradesh was the hardest hit with 80 deaths, majority in Agra district that witnessed wind speed of 125.93 kmph.