46 killed in rain-related incidents in UP

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Lucknow, Jul 12 (PTI) Forty-six people have died in separate rain-related incidents including lightning strikes in parts of Uttar Pradesh in the 24 hours ending 6 am on Monday, an official said.

Twenty-three people were also injured in incidents of lightning strike, he said.

While 42 people were killed after being struck by lightning, three drowned and one succumbed to snakebite, a senior official of the relief commissioner's office told PTI on Monday.

At 14, Prayagraj reported the highest number of deaths due to lightning strikes, followed by five each in Kanpur Dehat and Fatehpur, three each in Firozabad and Kaushambi, two each in Chitrakoot, Unnao, Hamirpur and Sonbhadra, and one each in Kanpur, Mirzapur, Hardoi and Banda, he said.

Three people drowned in Ghazipur, Firozabad and Ballia while one died due to snakebite in Fatehpur, he added.

According to officials, snakebites are included in rain-related incidents.

As many as 249 animals were also killed in lightning strikes in the state, the official said.

According to the India Meteorological Department, rainfall was recorded in Kannauj, Prayagraj, Jalaun, Siddharthnagar, Shravasti, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Hardoi, Farrukhabad, Agra, Maharajganj, Balrampur, Pratapgarh, Jaunpur, Hamirpur and Shahjahanpur in UP.

Rain or thundershowers are very likely at isolated places over the state on Tuesday and Wednesday and at a few places over the state on Thursday, it said. PTI ABN/NAV DIV DIV

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