Lightning Kills Selfie-Takers In Jaipur, Another 37 In UP
Nearly 60 people have been killed by lightning in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan as parts of these states witnessed scattered rainfall on Sunday. Eleven of them died while taking selfies in front of a 12th century palace in the Rajasthan capital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his deepest condolences over the deaths; his office has announced compensation for the families of those killed from the PM relief fund. The state governments in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have also announced compensations of Rs 5 lakh each to the affected families in the respective states.
Thirty-seven of these deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh, where Prayagraj alone reported 14 casualties. A majority of deaths were reported in rural areas across the state. Most of them were children and women.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of those killed. The state government announced that financial help will also be provided to those who lost their livestock in rain-related incidents.
In Rajasthan, a visit to Amer Palace near Jaipur turned fatal for eleven as lightning struck them while taking a selfie on top of a watch tower in front of the 12th century monument. The lightning strike – captured on mobile cameras – was so powerful that dozens of people panicked and jumped off the watch tower. A number of them sustained injuries, according to reports. Twenty-seven people are reported to have been on the watch tower and the fort wall when the incident happened.
Apart from the incident at Amer Palace, nine more casualties by lightning were reported from across the state on Sunday. Seven of those killed were children.