In a news regarding lightning strikes that were reported across the nation, heavy lightning killed as many as 41 people in Uttar Pradesh, 19 people in Rajasthan and 7 in Madhya Pradesh. It should be noted that the numbers are subject to further changes as the death toll is still mounting.
After the deaths were reported, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot too expressed his grief on the microblogging platform.
On July 11, 2021, the skies of several northern states were filled with overcast clouds and soon lightning started striking the states. While the sight was a spectacle to behold, the entire natural phenomenon went on to take lives over several people across multiple states.
Rajasthan Lightning: Lightning Strikes Tower Where People were Taking Selfies; 19 Dead
As many as 19 people died in multiple regions across the state of Rajasthan.
In the state capital, 11 people died after they were taking selfies at a watch tower at the 12th century Amber Fort when a lightning struck. A total of 27 people are claimed to have been on the watch tower, enjoying the weather when the lightning struck. Several of them have sustained injuries after they jumped off the tower due to the panic.
Apart from the mishap at the Amber Fort, 8 more deaths have been reported so far from the state. In Baran and Jhalawar one death was reported while 3 deaths were reported in Kota and 3 in deaths were reported in the Dholpur district. Six of the killed were children.
A NDTV report claimed that State Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced Rs. 5 lakh grief compensation each for the family of those who lost their lives due to the lightning incident. He also took to Twitter to express his condolence and assured that directive is given to authorities to release the support to the affected families.
कोटा, धौलपुर, झालावाड़, जयपुर और बारां में आज आकाशीय बिजली गिरने से हुई जनहानि बेहद दुखद एवं दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है। प्रभावितों के परिजनों के प्रति मेरी गहरी संवेदनाएं, ईश्वर उन्हें सम्बल प्रदान करें।
अधिकारियों को निर्देश दिए हैं कि पीड़ित परिवारों को शीघ्र सहायता उपलब्ध करवाएं।
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 11, 2021
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi also condoled the deaths of 19 people who were slain by the lightning. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote – Many people have lost their lives due to lightning in some areas of Rajasthan. Deeply saddened by the demise of people. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the dead: PM @narendramodi
राजस्थान के कुछ इलाकों में आकाशीय बिजली गिरने से कई लोगों को अपनी जान गंवानी पड़ी है। इससे अत्यंत दुख हुआ है। मैं मृतकों के परिजनों के प्रति अपनी गहरी संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूं: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 12, 2021
Uttar Pradesh Lightning: 41 People So Far Reported Dead, Death Toll Mounting
In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 41 people have been reported dead due to lightning strikes. What’s more concerning is the fact that the death toll is mounting with every new hour. In Prayagraj, 14 people died due to lightning. 4 died in Kaushambi, 1 person in Pratapgarh, 5 people (including 3 women) in Fatehpur, 5 people (including 1 woman) in Kanpur, 2 people in Unnao, 2 people in Ferozabad died due to the calamity.
Further, 1 person each in Rae Bareli, Sultanpur, Mirzapur, Sonebhadra, Aurriya, Banda and Hamipur was reported to have died on Sunday.
On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his condolences and told the relevant authorities to provide relief compensation to the families affected by the tragedy.
Madhya Pradesh Lightning: 7 People Die in Multiple Districts
Another state that has been affected by the dangerous and unassuming tragedy is Madhya Pradesh. The state reportedly lost 7 of its citizens who were slain by the lightning strike. While 2 people were from Sheopur, 2 deaths were reported from Gwalior and 1 person each was reported dead in Shivpuri, Anuppur and Betul.