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Thunderstorm leaves a trail of death and destruction in 5 states

Storms kill 35 in India Dust storm, lightning and rain kill at least 47 in India
Patty Aguilar | 18 April, 2019, 06:44

The PMO said families of those who lost their lives in the unseasonal rain and storms in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Manipur, Gujarat and other parts of the country will be given Rs 2 lakh from the PM's National Relief Fund and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered injuries.

Moreover, the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan as well as Madhya Pradesh have been the ones which have seen the most amount of these weather activities in the last couple of days.

Mr Nath's swipe at PM Modi came after the PM, in an early morning tweet, had expressed grief over the loss of lives in storm and unseasonal rains in Gujarat.

The central state of Madhya Pradesh registered 16 deaths, followed by 10 in Gujarat and six in Rajasthan, according to the news site Indian Express.

Expressing his concern, Modi tweeted, "Anguished by the loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of Gujarat".

"Authorities are monitoring the situation very closely. All possible assistance is being given to those affected".

The Prime Minister has approved financial aid of 2 lakh rupees for the next of kin of those who lost lives due to weather-related calamities. Four deaths were reported from Jhalawar, while in Udaipur, 800 electric poles and 70 transformers have been damaged.

Several cattle were also killed in rain-related incidents.

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Heavy dust storm accompanied by moderate to heavy rains, thundershowers also lashed parts of Hadouti region (Kota division) on Tuesday causing damage to crops. "Three persons each died in Indore, Dhar and Shajapur, two in Ratlam, and one each in Chhindwara, Rajgarh, Sehore and Alirajpur areas", an official statement said.

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

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister wrote on Twitter: "Modi ji, you are the PM of country, not only Gujarat's".

But are your sentiments limited to Gujarat only?

More than 125 people were killed in a wave of storms that battered northern Indian states in May a year ago. But you have confined your feelings to Gujarat only.

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

Several districts in Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Anand were severely affected. "The Prime Minister has also approved Rs. 50,000 each for those injured due to unseasonal rain and storms in parts of Gujarat", tweeted the PMO.

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