16 people died and 12 were injured due to heavy rains and flooding in 16 districts across Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.
The IAF personnel rescued 14 people stranded in Lalitpur and Jhansi districts due to heavy rains, drawing appreciation from UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Shahjahanpur bore the maximum brunt of the weather’s onslaught on Saturday, as six people were killed in incidents of a lightning strike, while seven were injured. District Magistrate Amrit Tripathi said some youngsters were grazing cattle Saturday in Shamsherpur village under Kaanth police station area, when a sudden downpour forced them to take shelter under a tree. “Mohit (24), Bablu (5), Anmol (10) and Dablu (11) died when they came in contact with lightning, while three were seriously injured,” he said Sunday.
Vandana (11) of Nabipur village and Ashok (42) of Sikandarpur village , lost their lives when lightning struck them, Tripathi said .
“Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ramji Mishra has been sent to the spot. Financial assistance of Rs. 4 lakh is being made available to kin of the deceased,” he said.
Uttar Pradesh Relief Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said, “All six people were successfully rescued in Lalitpur district. The IAF team did a fantastic job.”
UP Chief Minister Adityanath also praised the rescue work carried out by IAF personnel in Talbehat area of Lalitpur district, an official statement said.
Adityanath on this occasion also extended Janmasthami greetings to the officials and jawans.