At least 34 individuals lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh due to rainfall-related incidents within a span of 24 hours. The state has been experiencing excessive rainfall, resulting in rising river water levels, disrupted traffic, and flooding in rural areas. Out of the total casualties, 17 people were killed by lightning strikes, 12 died due to drowning, and five lost their lives due to the heavy rains. The districts of Raibareilly, Bareilly, Santkabirnagar, and Badaun were the most affected, with multiple casualties reported. The affected districts include Mainpuri, Ghazipur, Jalaun, Kanpur Dehat, Kannauj, Ballia, Bagpat, Etawah, Unnao, and Agra.
Assistance and Relief Efforts Underway
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to provide assistance to the families of the deceased. The affected families will receive a monetary aid of INR 4 lakh each. As per reports from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), rainfall was observed in approximately 68 out of the 75 districts in the state, with an average rainfall of 1.3 cm recorded in the past 24 hours. The western districts, including the Meerut zone, experienced more rainfall compared to the central and eastern parts. The heavy downpour led to an increase in the water levels of rivers such as Ganga, Ramganga, Yamuna, and Rapti. Furthermore, heavy afternoon rains caused waterlogging in various parts of the state capital, Lucknow, leading to traffic congestion.
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