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22 killed as rain, thunderstorm hits Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

Twenty-two people were killed in rain and thunder storm that hit parts of north India on Tuesday, reports ANI.

While 16 people died in Madhya Pradesh, six deaths were reported from Rajasthan. Gujarat also received unseasonal storms and rain causing injuries and devastation in several parts.

In Rajasthan, gusty winds triggered by Western Disturbance affected normal life in several areas. Chittorgarh, Sriganganagar, Ajmer, Kota and Pilani received heavy rainfall, according to the Met department. “Western Disturbance and winds with moisture from Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal are developing this kind of weather conditions. Gusty winds are causing dust storm mainly in Western parts of the state because the soil is loose and there is lack of moisture there,” a Met official said.

Thunderstorm also occurred in eastern parts of the state and similar weather conditions are most likely to prevail till Tuesday night.

In Gujarat, a dust storm damaged part of a tent being erected for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s April 17 rally in Himmatnagar town in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat.

Some covering material of the structure was either blown away or torn apart, local BJP leaders said, adding that the structure, which is intended to provide shade to people and dignitaries on stage, remained largely intact.

First Published:
Apr 17, 2019 10:42 IST

Source: HindustanTimes