A downpour battered Mumbai, causing disruptions in rail and air traffic, and a dust storm hit the national capital and its surrounding areas that had been reeling under the scorching heat for a few days.
There were reports of rains in Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, which had been sweating it out in sweltering conditions.
Dust storms and lightning hit places in 11 districts of the state last night resulting in the death of 26 people, he said.
While five deaths each were reported from Jaunpur and Sultanpur, four died in Unnao, three each died in Chandauli and Bahraich, two in Rae Bareli and one each in Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh, the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the district magistrates of the affected areas to immediately provide compensation to families of those killed and said no laxity will be tolerated.
Six others, who were out in the open at that time, were also injured due to the lightning strike and have been admitted to a local hospital.
A woman, who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on the GB Road. An official said heavy rains apparently led to the accident.
Heavy rains pounded Mumbai, leading to a slight delay in the running of suburban trains.
"Heavy to very heavy rainfall was recorded in the suburbs till 8.30 am today," IMD Deputy Director K S Hosalikar said.
Trains on the suburban section of the Central Railway (CR) were running late due to the showers, an official said, adding that there were no cancellations. Two flights had to be diverted due to the bad weather.
Over the years, heavy monsoon rains have paralysed Mumbai, flooding streets and disrupting land, air and road traffic.
A dust storm, with winds gusting up to 70 kmph, hit the national capital this evening, bringing some relief from the searing heat.
The weatherman said light rain was witnessed in many areas.
The humidity levels were recorded at 71 per cent.
The weatherman forecast dust storm in Ghaziabad, Merrut, Baghpat and other adjoining districts in western Uttar pradesh.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum of 31.7 degrees Celsius after rains.
Haryana's Ambala, lashed by a heavy downpour, recorded a high of 31.9 degrees Celsius.
However, Hisar and Bhiwani continued to brave the hot weather at 41 and 41.4 degrees Celsius.
The local weather office predicted thunderstorm and gusty winds at several places in the two states.
The weatherman predicted rains in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh tomorrow.
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