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Rains, thunderstorm leave nearly 50 dead in 4 states

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur/Bhopal/Ahmedabad 

Nearly 50 people were killed as rains coupled with and lightning hit several parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and overnight, officials said Wednesday.

The unseasonal rains and also caused damage to property and crops in and

witnessed the maximum casualties with 21 people killed in rain-related incidents following by where 15 were killed. While 10 people were killed in Gujarat, three were killed in

took to twitter in the morning to express anguish over the loss of lives in the rains in and announce relief.

Soon afterwards hit out at the prime minister, accusing him of being concerned only about his home state Gujarat.

The PMO in a tweet later said,"PM @narendramodi has expressed grief at loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in MP, Rajasthan, & various parts of the country".

"An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to unseasonal rain & storms in MP, Rajasthan, & various parts of the country has been approved from the Rs 50,000 each for the injured has also been approved," the PMO said.

said the government is closely monitoring the situation in rain-hit areas and is ready to provide all possible help to states affected by rains and

In Jaipur, Relief Secretary said 21 people died due to unseasonal rains.

"4 deaths were reported in Jhalawar, and each, two each in Jalore and Bundi and one each in Baran, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Alwar and Hanumangarh, he said.

Compensation of Rs. 4 lakh each has been announced to the families of victims.

Another said crops have suffered damage and the assessment is being done.

Several cattle were also killed in rain-related incidents.

Condoling the deaths, said in a tweet, "Deeply pained by loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of the country including Rajasthan. My thoughts and prayers are with bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured".

Of the total 21 deaths, 7 are in Kota division.Heavy dust accompanied by moderate to heavy rains, thundershowers also lashed parts of region (Kota division) on Tuesday causing damage to crops.

Survey of crop damage is underway.

BJP candidate from the constituency Om Birla demanded the declare compensation to farmers for crop damage.

Birla also blamed the for not issuing alert and taking measures to prevent the crop damage.

The department has predicted dust storm/accompanied with high velocity winds and lightning at a few places during the next 24 hours.

Officials in said unseasonal rain accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning hit various parts of Madhya Pradesh, leaving 15 people dead and injuring some others.

Rains claimed three lives each in Indore, and Shajapur, two in Ratlam and one each in Alirajpur, Rajgarh, Sehore and Chhindwara districts.

Nath expressed grief over the deaths and charged that Modi's concerns were limited to his home state Gujarat.

"Modiji, you are the PM of the country and not of Gujarat. In also, more than 10 persons were killed because of unseasonal rains, and lightning. But you have confined your feelings to Gujarat only. Though your party has no government here people live here also," Nath said in a tweet.

The BJP hit back, accusing Nath of doing politics over the loss caused by rains and storm.

said in that Nath is well aware of the procedure that the has to first inform the Centre about the damage in such a natural tragedy to get relief but instead of doing so, he was tweeting and doing politics.

"Instead of informing the Centre, he chose to do politics over the tragedy," Baluni charged.

In Ahmedabad, Gujarat government's of relief G B Manglpara, told that at least 10 people have died in the rain and dust storm reported from various areas including districts in and Saurashtra region.

Also, a portion of a tent erected for Modi's rally in Himmatnagar town of was also damaged in the dust storm, an earlier said.

announced an aid of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the western state.

"While the PM has already announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh, the will also give Rs 2 lakh to kin of those who lost their lives," Rupani told reporters in Dahod.

"We will also conduct a survey to assess the damage to crops and pay accordingly to affected persons," he added.

Apart from rain, the storm also resulted in hailstorm in some parts of district of Saurashtra and district of

In Mehsana, farm produce kept in the open in the agriculture produce market committee premises got damaged, an said.

Besides, officials in said the watermelon crop, mainly grown in and around Deesa, got damaged due to hailstorm and thunderstorm.

In Maharashtra, a 71-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man and a died when lightning struck them in district during rains on Tuesday, police said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 16:20 IST