Jaipur/Bhopal/Ahmedabad: 50 people were killed in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat along with Maharashtra in lighting strike as well as torrential rains and thunderstorms. The storms caused considerable damages to agriculture and property. The private weather bureau Skymet had already warned in this regard. The weather department has predicted rains with cyclone, in the central and northern India, for the next two days.
This year the temperatures had reached record levels, in the month of March itself. Therefore, the possibility of a cyclone and unseasonal rain had already been predicted, given the weather conditions. This fear became a reality, bringing torrential rains with cyclonic winds in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
This unseasonal rain caused substantial damages to agriculture and property. Rajasthan reported a maximum of 21 deaths. 15, 10 and 3 deaths were reported from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra respectively.
Seven people were killed in Kota, Rajasthan, in the unseasonal rains. Four people were killed in Jaipur, Jhalawad and Udaipur whereas two each were killed in Jalor and Bundi and one each in Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Alwar and Hanumangarh.
The government has announced a compensation of four lakhs, to the family of the people killed. The storm and rains have caused significant damages not only to the agriculture and property, but even animals have been killed due to the rains.
Fifteen people have been killed in the natural calamity, in Madhya Pradesh and the highest number, seven people died in Bhopal. Three each were killed in Indore, Shajapur and Dhar. One person each died in Alirajpur, Rajgarh, Sihore and Chindwada districts.
Moreover, Gujarat also was slashed by thunderstorms with rains and the officials said that ten people died in the storms. Maharashtra also was hit by rains and hailstorms. Three people died in the rains and hailstorms. It has been raining in many districts in Maharashtra and hailstorms have been reported from specific areas. The unseasonal rains have immensely damaged fruit plantations, causing major losses to the farmers.