Unseasonal rain, dust storm in Gujarat, Rajasthan, MP kill 32 people; PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia

RAJASTHAN : Unseasonal rain and thundershower resulted in the deaths of at least 32 people across three states in the last 48 hours. At least 16 people were killed in Madhya Pradesh, six in Rajasthan and 10 in Gujarat, according to news agency ANI. The rough weather, according to PTI, was a result of Western Disturbance and winds with moisture from Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was deeply anguished by the loss of lives and announced an ex-gratia for the next of kin from the PM’s national relief fund. He further assured that all possible assistance will be given to those affected.

The prime minister in a tweet said: “Anguished by the loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of Gujarat. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Authorities are monitoring the situation very closely. All possible assistance is being given to those affected.”

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too expressed his condolences on the deaths. He tweeted, “Deeply pained and anguished by the loss of precious lives due to untimely rains and thunderstorms in Rajasthan, MP, Gujarat and certain other parts of the country. The Centre is ready to provide all possible assistance to the states affected by heavy rains and storm.”

Earlier in the day, rain and dust storm was reported in some parts of north Gujarat and Saurashtra region.